June 2, 2015 - presidential search update: short list created

Students, staff and faculty,

Our committee continues to move forward in the presidential search, and the process is proceeding as planned. We have created a short list of candidates and our next step is to interview those on the short list.

In the last update, I shared with you that the search committee was pleased with the quality and diversity of applicants. Having such a strong pool presents both an opportunity and a challenge for our committee—it took a great deal of careful consideration to develop the short list, and we are very pleased with the short-listed candidates.

The timeline remains appropriate, and we expect to provide the Board of Governors with our recommendation this summer. We anticipate that our next president will assume office in 2016.

On a related note, at its May 26 meeting the Board of Governors approved the terms of reference for an ad hoc presidential transition committee. The transition committee will support the successful candidate as they begin their role as president. Michael Atkinson will chair this committee, and, when the committee is fully formed, it will be composed of representatives from across campus. To read the terms of reference, visit http://www.usask.ca/presidentialsearch/transition-committee.php.

The presidential search committee is committed to the principles outlined in the university’s Search and Review Procedures for Senior Administrators, including transparency, accountability, confidentiality, respect, consultation and equity. In keeping with these principles, updates on the search process, including past updates sent to the campus community, are posted at www.usask.ca/presidentialsearch.

Sincerely,

Greg Smith

Chair of the Presidential Search Committee

April 13, 2015 - presidential search update: candidates long listed

Students, staff and faculty,

I am pleased to share with you that the search for our next president is continuing as planned. The presidential search committee, working with our consultant Perrett Laver, has developed a long list of candidates and our next step is to create a short list of candidates who we will then interview.

Although the confidential nature of the search prevents us from disclosing details about those who have applied, I can tell you that the search committee is very pleased with the quality and diversity of candidates. We are confident we will identify an outstanding individual to recommend to the Board of Governors.

As we shared with you in our last update, we plan to commence interviews in June. Our initial objective was to provide a recommendation to the Board of Governors in June or July; however, we now recognize that we may need additional time to complete our interviews. We aim to provide the board with our recommendation later in the summer.

It remains our expectation that our next president will assume office in 2016.

The presidential search committee is committed to the principles outlined in the university’s Search and Review Procedures for Senior Administrators, including transparency, accountability, confidentiality, respect, consultation and equity. In keeping with these principles, updates on the search process, including past updates sent to the campus community, are posted at www.usask.ca/presidentialsearch, along with other information such as the appointment details and the position profile.

Sincerely,

Greg Smith

Chair of the Presidential Search Committee

January 7, 2015 - presidential search update: position profile finalized

Students, staff and faculty, 

The presidential search committee is continuing its work on the search for our next president. We have finalized the position profile, and are ready to begin actively seeking excellent candidates for the position.  

To those of you who responded, thank you for your feedback and comments during the previous phase of the search process. We used the comments gathered from the community and from our key external partners to inform the position profile, and to identify the desirable attributes for the position. If you have further comments to assist our search or would like to nominate potential candidates, we continue to accept your recommendations and advice at presidential.search@usask.ca.

Working with our consultant Perrett Laver, we will lead an extensive search from now until early March. Our goal is to develop a long list of potential candidates in mid-March, shortlist potential candidates in May, and hold final interviews in June. Our objective is to provide a recommendation to the Board of Governors in June or July, and have our next president begin in 2016.

The presidential search committee is committed to adhering to the principles outlined in the university’s Search and Review Procedures for Senior Administrators, including transparency, accountability, confidentiality, respect, consultation and equity. In keeping with these principles, regular updates on the progress of the search process will be posted at www.usask.ca/presidentialsearch. You can also visit this site to view the position profile and appointment details document.

Sincerely,

Greg Smith

Chair of the Presidential Search Committee

November 24, 2014 - announcement to staff, faculty and students

Students, staff and faculty,

I am pleased to let you know that over the past few weeks the membership of the search committee to appoint the next president and vice-chancellor has been established and begun its work.

For more information, including a list of search committee members and more detail about the search process itself, please visitwww.usask.ca/presidentialsearch.

The appointment of a president is a significant undertaking. On behalf of the search committee, I invite submissions from members of the university’s community in response to the following questions: 

  • What, in your view, are the main issues and challenges that will face the University of Saskatchewan over the term of the next president—that is, over the next five to 10 years?
  • Given that context, what are the qualifications, experience and vision that you believe the presidential search committee should be seeking in our next president?

The committee also welcomes nominations and/or suggestions of potential candidates or sources of candidates.

All submissions will be held in confidence by the committee and may be directed to the University Secretary in Room 212, Peter MacKinnon Building, 105 Administration Place, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5A2, or by email to presidential.search@usask.ca by December 12, 2014.

The presidential search committee is committed to adherence to the principles outlined in the university’s Search and Review Procedures for Senior Administrators, including transparency, accountability, confidentiality, respect, consultation and equity. In keeping with those principles, regular updates on the progress of the search process will be posted at www.usask.ca/presidentialsearch, and the views of the university community will be sought and solicited broadly. 

Sincerely,

 Greg Smith

Chair of the Presidential Search Committee