Search for Mount Allison’s 15th President and Vice-Chancellor
Mount Allison’s Board of Regents has begun the process of identifying the University’s next President and Vice-Chancellor.
The search process began its public phase in May 2017.
The Board of Regents has agreed to appoint Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau as Mount Allison's 15th President and Vice-Chancellor. The Board accepted the recommendation of the Presidential Search Committee at a meeting held March 12. This five-year appointment is expected to start on July 1, 2018.
The Presidential Search Committee provided an update on the search to the Board of Regents at its Feb. 2 meeting. The Committee advised the Board that it is continuing its work and undertaking proper due diligence. The Committee is not yet in a position to bring forward a recommendation to the Board.
The international search for Mount Allison’s next President and Vice-Chancellor received great interest and resulted in many strong applications, a response which speaks well to Mount Allison’s reputation and to the optimism for the future of the University.
Over the past several months, the Presidential Search Committee met with a number of very qualified candidates on several occasions. The Committee narrowed the search to two candidates and invited them to campus to meet with the University community. Unfortunately, one of these candidates declined the invitation to continue forward in the search.
While it was the Committee’s intention to invite two candidates to come to campus, it reflected on this development, reconsidered the pool of candidates, and ultimately decided to move forward with inviting just one candidate to campus. The Committee consulted with the executives of MAFA, MASA, CUPE 2338, MASU, the Federated Alumni, and the Board of Regents to explain the search process and its decision.
The candidate’s visit will take place on Monday, Jan. 15.
The search process to date is further detailed in the Committee’s update report. An information session is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. in Crabtree Auditorium. Questions or comments may also be directed to email@example.com or any Committee member.
The Presidential Search Committee continues to be on schedule with the timeline. Many excellent candidates have come forward and the Committee continues to review and assess their qualifications. It expects to narrow the search to a smaller set of preferred candidates in December or early January.
The Committee has always recognized the importance of gaining support for the next President by appropriately engaging the Mount Allison community in the selection process. As outlined on page 16-17 of the Executive Brief, final candidates will be invited to campus to engage with the community. Details on the format of these visits will be developed, and shared in a future update.
The Presidential Search Committee continues to progress on schedule. The Committee is encouraged by the potential candidate pool so far and is preparing for a busy November and December. The Committee is still on target for a recommendation in early 2018. Community members are encouraged to contact the Committee chair or your designate representative with any questions you may have.
The Search Committee consulted with the Mount Allison community throughout the spring. The themes from the consultation and survey input are reflected in the position profile and ideal candidate profile components of the executive brief. The executive brief is being shared with potential candidates to inform them about this opportunity and to share the highlights of Mount Allison.
The advertisement for this opportunity was posted on a number of websites May 25 and active recruitment has been underway throughout the summer months. Active recruiting continues, but the Search Committee is pleased with the strong response to date and is on track with the search timeline.