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Principal search moves into active recruitment phase

The community consultation is complete and the search for candidates is now underway.

The search for the next principal and vice-chancellor of Queen’s is moving into an important new phase. After hearing from a range of stakeholders inside and outside of the university, the Joint Board-Senate Principal Search Committee has publicly posted a comprehensive position profile.

The Joint Committee carefully developed this position profile over the past month. It incorporates all of the feedback gathered by the committee from a broad range of people in the Queen’s community, including members of the Board of Trustees, senior administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors.

“Queen’s is looking for a leader who is passionate about research and education, can rally all stakeholders to the Queen’s cause, and is able to connect with everyone and build strong relationships across our campus, across the country, and around the world,” says Chancellor Jim Leech. “These are exciting times at Queen’s. The 21st principal will be inheriting a strong institution that offers both an exceptional student learning experience and a research-intensive environment.”

Queen’s is Canada’s definitive university experience. It is home to more than 25,000 students, researchers, professors, staff, and artists and offers an impressive range of undergraduate and graduate programs. It balances excellence in teaching with innovative research to provide a dynamic living and learning environment. It has the highest graduation rate in the country and is in the midst of an ambitious faculty renewal program that will see the university hire 200 new faculty over five years.

Queen’s delivers research excellence with the promise of inspiring education and lifelong community, along with an unmatched mix of teaching, research and community. Queen’s is a member of the U15 group of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities and the Matariki Network of international universities that focus on strong links between research and undergraduate teaching.

“Queen’s is embarking on a search for a visionary, decisive, and inclusive leader who embraces Queen’s culture, past and present traditions, diversity and future directions,” says Chancellor Leech. “Queen’s is an ambitious institution, one that will continue to advance on the academic stage and build its outreach with external partners, all levels of government, and the global community.”

Queen’s launched the active recruitment phase today with the posting of the position profile on the website of the search firm Perrett Laver. The post includes a description of the position, some key facts about Queen’s, an overview of the university’s vision and strategic direction, as well as details about how to apply. The position profile is also posted on the Queen's Human Resources careers website and the Joint Board-Senate Principal Search Committee webpage.

To help reach an international audience, Queen’s will advertise the position in a national newspaper and share it on popular digital sites, such as Academica, Chronicle Vitae, and HigherEdJobs. The application period will close on June 22, 2018. After this, the search committee will aim to identify a first group of interviewees during the summer and hold a series of interviews throughout the fall. The committee will then work toward recommending a candidate to the Board of Trustees by the end of the academic year.

The Joint Committee is guided in this work by its official Terms of Reference, and its activities will follow the Human Rights and Equity Office’s Senior Search Strategy document.

The Joint Committee includes nine elected members from both the Board of Trustees and the Senate, and the Chancellor chairs it. One of its senate positions is currently vacant, though it is expected to be filled within the next two weeks.

Principal Daniel Woolf’s current term is scheduled to conclude on June 30, 2019. He announced he would not be seeking a third term in November.

 

Joint Board-Senate Principal Search Committee

Membership

Affiliation

Status

J. Leech

Chair

Appointed

H. Claxton

Board of Trustees

Appointed

A. Chowdhury

Senate 

Appointed

A. da Silva

Board of Trustees

Appointed

L. Daneshmend

Senate 

Appointed

G. Denford

Board of Trustees

Appointed

P. Fachinger

Senate 

Appointed

Vacancy

Senate

Appointed

C. Lemmon

Senate 

Appointed

S. Lounsbury

Board of Trustees

Appointed

C. Lynch

Board of Trustees

Appointed

M. Martinez

Senate

Appointed

K. McKinnon

Board of Trustees

Appointed

T. Morrison

Senate

Appointed

J. Ortiz

Senate

Appointed

D. Raymond

Board of Trustees

Appointed

R. Reznick

Senate 

Appointed

D. Tisch

Board of Trustees

Appointed

M. Wilson Trider

Board of Trustees

Appointed