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Presidential Search
University of Regina

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is involved in a presidential search and who conducts it?

A Search Advisory Committee will generate a strong pool of candidates best qualified to lead the University as its next President and Vice-Chancellor. The community will have opportunities to provide input into the position profile that will be used to guide the University’s presidential search and candidate selection. As well, following a national request for proposals and competition, the firm Boyden has been selected to assist with the search. The Committee will recommend a candidate to the Board of Governors, and the Board will be responsible for making the final decision on the successful candidate, guided by Policy EMP-010-030: Out-of-Scope Senior Appointments.

How is the Search Advisory Committee established?

The terms of reference and Committee membership are approved by the Board of Governors. The Committee includes broad representation from faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Members of the Committee will be posted on this site when finalized in early May.

Although specific constituencies will recommend individuals for membership on the Search Advisory Committee, the Committee will be charged with undertaking their responsibilities in the best interest of the University of Regina. The ultimate responsibility of the Search Advisory Committee is to ensure that the best possible candidate for all constituencies and the University as a whole is recommended to the Board of Governors for their approval.

The Committee will adhere to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion in carrying out its search process, and will participate in unconscious bias training in preparation for its important role in the search process.

What should the University be looking for in its next President?

The role of the President is vital to the academic and operational success of the University and to its reputation. Therefore the University plans to engage in a consultative process to determine the skills, qualities and experience a new President should possess.

What we need in a new President should really be determined by the University community and the wider public. This is a public institution and it’s the public that knows best what’s needed from the next President.

The community will have opportunities to provide input into the position profile that will be used to guide the University’s presidential search and candidate selection.

Additionally, there will be faculty, staff, student and alumni representation on the Search Advisory Committee.

Where can I find the position description?

The position profile will be developed by Boyden in June/July 2020, after broad consultation, and will be reviewed by the Search Advisory Committee and Board prior to posting and advertising.

Will both internal and external candidates be considered?

Yes. The Search Advisory Committee will consider both internal and external candidates. The objective is to find the best candidate to lead the University of Regina as its next President and Vice-Chancellor.

Will the short-listed candidates' names be made public and/or will they deliver campus presentations?

The role of the Search Advisory Committee is to generate a strong pool of candidates and advise the Committee Chair of those candidates best qualified to lead the University as its next President and Vice-Chancellor. In order to attract the best candidates, the Board of Governors recognizes that senior leaders, including current university presidents and vice-presidents, will be very hesitant to pursue a new position if their intention is made public. Recognizing that there is a limited pool of qualified candidates, the quality of candidate desired to lead our University, and consistent with other Canadian university presidential searches, the confidentiality of all candidates will be maintained throughout the search process.

How long does it take to search for a new President and when will the new President start?

We expect that the formal search process will take approximately 12 months. The successful candidate will ideally be in place by July 2021.

Who is responsible for the final appointment of the President?

The Board of Governors is responsible for the final decision and appointment of the next President and Vice-Chancellor of our University.

Will there be regular updates to the University community during the course of this search?

Yes, regular updates will be provided via email and on this website as the search process moves forward.

Who do I contact if I have questions or comments?

Please email president.search@uregina.ca