Presidential Search Update


Dear Colleagues,

On December 2, 2015, the Presidential Search Committee held its second meeting, joined for the first time by our search firm consultant Perrett Laver. We received an important presentation from Dr. Sara-Jane Finlay, UBC Associate Vice-President of Equity & Inclusion, about the importance of embedding diversity, in its broadest sense, into the search process.

The Committee discussed the search timeline, best practices, and communication strategy. The Committee also had a very preliminary discussion on the presidential position profile, which will be finalized after we have received stakeholder input. As consultation with UBC stakeholders is critical, the committee reviewed in detail the list of UBC community and other stakeholders from whom we will seek feedback in January, with a view to finalizing the profile by the beginning of February.

Public town halls will be held in January 2016:

Vancouver campus: Wednesday, January 13, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Okanagan campus: Thursday, January 14, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm

Formal meeting notices for the town halls will be sent out on January 5, 2016, and I encourage everyone to attend.

Once finalized and approved by the Board of Governors, the presidential position profile will be distributed via broadcast email as well as published on this website.

In the meantime, I encourage you to submit your comments in confidence to the Search Committee via the website or by email to

Best regards and happy holidays!

Lindsay Gordon
Chair, Presidential Search Committee