To: All UBC Students, Faculty and Staff
On June 30, 2014, after eight years in his position as President of the University of British Columbia, one of the world’s leading universities, Professor Stephen Toope will be stepping down to return to his academic and professional pursuits. He made the announcement on April 3, 2013 to give the University plenty of time to find his successor. That process has now begun, and I write today to ask all members of the University community for their assistance in finding the best possible candidate for this vitally important role.
In accordance with the policies of the Board of Governors and the Senates, a Search Committee of 22 members broadly representative of the University community – faculty, staff, students and alumni – will be selected. For further information on the Committee’s Terms of Reference – including the exact composition of the committee and the process by which members will be selected – please visit: http://bog.ubc.ca.
The Committee’s primary task will be to identify and consider qualified individuals for the position, and to recommend its preferred candidate to the Board for approval. Therefore, the Committee will issue appropriate advertisements for the position, and will seek applications and nominations. An executive search firm with experience in university presidential searches will be engaged to assist the Search Committee. The Committee’s aim is to present its nomination to the Board in time to enable the new President to take office in the summer of 2014.
A critical element of this process is the participation of members of the University community – faculty, staff, students, and alumni – in helping to define the qualities we should look for in our next President.
As Chair of the Search Committee, I invite all members of the UBC community to submit their views and advice on the following:
– opportunities, challenges, issues, and priorities facing the University over the next 5-10 years;
– the key roles and responsibilities of the President in leading UBC through the next 5-10 years;
– the necessary and desirable characteristics, leadership skills, qualifications, values and experience of candidates for the position of President.
The Committee will also welcome your suggestions for prospective candidates. All communications received during this search will be held in the strictest confidence.
I urge you to take part in the search process and share your views with the Committee. Please address your comments and advice to:
The University of British Columbia
Presidential Search Committee
c/o Reny Kahlon, Secretary
The Old Administration Building
6328 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Please rest assured that I will keep you informed of our progress in the months to come.
I look forward to hearing from you.
UBC Chancellor, and Chair, Presidential Search Committee