Presidential Search




June 28, 2019

The search for the next President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba continues to progress on schedule. During the last couple of months, the executive search consultants from Perrett Laver have been reaching out to potential candidates and sources across Canada and around the world. The committee came together again last week to take a first look at the emerging candidate field. The committee was delighted to see a range of excellent candidates who are showing a strong interest in the position and in the opportunities the University of Manitoba has ahead of it.

Over the summer the search consultants will be holding further in-depth assessments of the leading candidates, against the position description and selection criteria. The committee will come together again in early September to begin the process of reducing the field to a smaller set of preferred candidates ahead of interviews in October.

Members of the university community can provide input to the committee at any point in the process via the consultation portal on the Presidential Search website.


May 9, 2019
The Presidential Search Committee has reviewed the information gathered from the university community through the consultation process which took place over February, March and early April. We sincerely thank the University of Manitoba community for engaging in the consultation process.
The committee used the information gathered from the consultation in the development of the position profile, or appointment details, which outlines the opportunity and outlines the roles and responsibilities and selection criteria. We are delighted to share the finalized appointment details, which we feel captures the feedback we received from the university community. We are also pleased to share that this document has been approved by the Board of Governors at its meeting on April 23rd.
Now that the consultation process has concluded the search moves into the phase of active recruitment and outreach. The advertisement is live and the search consultants are speaking with potential candidates and sources. The committee will come together again for an update meeting in late May.
Members of the university community can provide input to the committee at any point in the process via the consultation portal on the Presidential Search website.


March 18, 2019

Since the last update, the Presidential Search Committee has met twice as a committee, as well as meeting with 11 individuals and groups, and held an additional eight consultation sessions. The Chair, co-Chair and search consultants have also reached out to an additional 60 individuals or groups and held fourteen consultation meetings and numerous phone calls.  The Committee greatly appreciates the interest and contributions of members of the community.

The Committee will be meeting again later this week and in early-April to review the feedback received through the consultation meetings and that which was submitted in writing, as it develops the candidate brief and position profile document.

Members of the community can still provide input to the committee via the consultation portal on the Presidential Search website.


February 7, 2019

The Presidential Search Committee held its first meeting on February 7, 2019.  The meeting was an orientation to the search process for the Committee and provided an opportunity for members of the Committee to meet and to be introduced to the search firm that will be assisting the University in the Search.

The Committee reviewed a community consultation schedule and discussed the processes for community consultations and the development of a position profile document. The Committee looks forward to hearing from the community through the consultation process.


January 24, 2019 - UM Today News

"Search for next UM President underway - Community consultation phase begins in February" [click for link to article in UM Today News]


January 7, 2019 - Message to the University of Manitoba Community

This message is sent on behalf of Mr. Jeff Lieberman, Chair of the Board of Governors and Chair, Presidential Search Committee:

With Dr. David Barnard’s second term as President concluding on June 30, 2020, the University of Manitoba has now begun the process to appoint its next President and Vice-Chancellor to lead this province’s premier university into the next decade. The purpose of this message is to provide the university community with an update regarding the progress of the Presidential Search Process and to encourage you to share your views with the Search Committee.

On September 25, 2018, the Board of Governors approved the establishment of a Presidential Search Committee to search for and screen candidates for the position of President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba and to recommend a candidate to the Board of Governors for a term beginning July 1, 2020. 

The Search Principles and Terms of Reference for the Presidential Search Committee were developed in keeping with the process used at the University of Manitoba in the previous presidential search and are similar to the processes used at universities like ours across Canada. The Search Committee Principles are posted on the Presidential Search website, which is now live. [] The website will be updated regularly throughout the Search.

The Committee will begin meeting in early-February. Over the months of February and March, the Presidential Search Committee will be engaging in a wide-ranging community consultation process, which will include open town hall meetings and the opportunity to make written submissions. The purpose of these consultations is to establish the criteria for the search and guide the committee’s evaluation and recommendations of candidates for President and Vice-Chancellor. During this consultation phase, the Committee will benefit from hearing the perspectives of members of the university community on the key requirements, challenges and opportunities of the presidency of the University of Manitoba. The search consultants will also meet with individuals during this period and report back to the Search Committee. Further information and invitations to participate in this consultation process will be forthcoming and announced broadly to the university community in the weeks to come.

Informed by the consultation phase, the Committee will develop a position profile that will be shared with prospective candidates and the university community. With the assistance of the search consultants and suggestions and nominations from the university community, the Committee will consider candidates against the profile, conduct interviews, and make a recommendation to the Board of Governors in the late fall of 2019.

The Presidential Search Committee’s membership has been confirmed. I would like to thank those who will serve on the Committee and look forward to working with them on this important process over the next year. Members of the Presidential Search Committee are:

the Chair of the
Board of Governors, as Chair
     Jeff Lieberman
the Chancellor, as Co-Chair      Harvey Secter
the Chancellor-elect      Anne Mahon
five members elected by the
Board of Governors
(to include one student)

     Laurel Hyde
     Carla Loewen
     Rafi Mohammed
     Carl Neumann
     Jeff Taylor

five members elected by the Senate
(to include at least one Dean or Director
and one student)

     Jonathan Beddoes
     Peter Blunden
     Tina Chen
     Cary Miller
     Jakob Sanderson

one member appointed by the
University of Manitoba Faculty Association
     Robert Chernomas
the Support Staff Assessor
to the Board of Governors
     Sandra Woloschuk

Jeff Leclerc, University Secretary, will serve as Secretary to the Search Committee and Gordon Lobay and Erik Jackson of Perrett Laver have been retained as executive search consultants. Inquiries and suggestions may be sent to the search consultants at or to the University Secretary at

The committee looks forward to hearing from the university community as we begin this important task.