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Search for next principal set to begin

Joint Board-Senate Principal Search Committee to oversee the recruitment process.

The search for the next principal for Queen’s University is now underway.

In November, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf announced he will not be seeking a third term. Principal Woolf has been principal since September 2009 and his current term is scheduled to conclude on June 30, 2019.

A Joint Board-Senate Search Committee has now been established to conduct the search process with the aim of delivering a recommendation regarding a candidate to the Board of Trustees. This committee is made up of nine members of the Board of Trustees and nine members of the Senate, in addition to Chancellor Jim Leech, who will chair the committee.

Most of the committee members were originally elected by their respective bodies to the Joint Board-Senate Committee to Review the Principalship last year. They have now transitioned onto this new committee, along with two new faculty members who were elected to fill vacant positions by the Senate at its recent meeting.

“The committee will be overseeing a comprehensive national and international search to identify top candidates with the potential to be the next principal of Queen’s,” says Chancellor Jim Leech. “We will keep the university community up to date on this process as it unfolds over the coming year.”

In December, the university issued an RFP to hire an executive search firm to identify potential candidates and facilitate the interview process. The aim will be to carry out the first round of interviews in the spring and the second round in the fall. The committee will then work to recommend a candidate to the Board of Trustees in December.

To learn more about the search process and the committee membership, visit the University Secretariat’s website.