FAQ

How is the Advisory Search Committee for President established?

When the board chair receives notice that the president wishes to complete an existing term and not seek a further term, the search for the next president begins. The process to do so is outlined in the University of Alberta's Presidential Search Procedure. The Board of Governors also approves the Guidelines and Procedures for the Presidential Search Committee.

What is the composition of the Advisory Search Committee for President?

The composition of this committee is outlined in the Presidential Search and Review Procedures (Appendix A): Committees for President Position Definitions and Eligibility.

In summary, the committee comprises the following members:

  • Chair of the Board of Governors as chair of the committee
  • Chancellor
  • Two members of the Board of Governors appointed by the Board
  • Three faculty members (see Appendix A regarding specific eligibility) elected by General Faculties Council (GFC)
  • One Dean elected by Deans’ Council
  • One Chair elected by Chairs’ Council
  • One member of the Association of Academic Staff University of Alberta (AASUA) appointed by AASUA
  • Two members of the Students’ Union appointed by the Students’ Council
  • One member of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) appointed by the GSA
  • One member of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA) appointed by NASA
  • One member of the Alumni Association appointed by the Alumni Association
How long does it take to search for a new president?

The formal search process normally takes about eight to ten months. The objective is to be in a position to announce the president-elect and allow for adequate transition time. The Advisory Search Committee for President will begin its work in late June 2019 and will likely complete its work in early March 2020.

How does the committee prepare to search for a new president and vice-chancellor?

The committee meets several times to consider what the university needs in a president and consults widely with the community to develop a position profile.  In addition, the committee has undertaken workshops in Unconscious Bias and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion training. The Committee has also held a workshop on dealing with conflicts of interest and has approved a policy to guide the committee as it works through the search process.

Will the process be open or closed?

The search process for the president will be closed. In order to attract top candidates and those in leadership positions, the identities of all candidates will be kept confidential.

Will the campus community and the external community have an opportunity to provide input?

Yes, both the campus community and the external community will be invited to provide input into the development of the position profile for the next president. For example, this will include input on the qualities and attributes of the next president. One of the key tasks of the Advisory Search Committee for President will be to ensure appropriate engagement with stakeholders.

Will candidates from outside Canada be considered?

Yes. The committee will consider all candidates including those from outside Canada. The objective is to find the best candidate for the University of Alberta.

Will both internal and external candidates be considered?

Yes. Both internal and external candidates will be considered. The objective is to find the best candidate for the University of Alberta.

Has an executive search firm been selected?

Yes. After a successful request for proposal (RFP) process, the search firm Caldwell Partners was chosen to advise and assist the Advisory Search Committee for President throughout the search.

Who is responsible for the final appointment of the president?

The Board of Governors is responsible for the final appointment.

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

Yes. The community will receive regular updates during the search. Updates will be posted on the Presidential Search and Transition website.