Presidential Search



University of Manitoba announces 12th President and Vice-Chancellor


Message from the Chair

The University of Manitoba has begun the process to appoint its next President and Vice-Chancellor, to lead this province’s premier university into the next decade, succeeding Dr. David Barnard who has served with distinction since July 1, 2008. 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. 

This website was created to provide information on the search process and to update the community on the progress of the search.  This site will be updated regularly over the course of 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.  You are invited to share your feedback and recommendations by clicking here. The purpose of these consultations is to establish the criteria for the search and to 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 University of Manitoba is partnering with the executive search firm Perrett Laver on this search. Please send all informal inquiries to

General questions about the presidential search process can be directed to the University Secretary, Jeff Leclerc, at 204-474-6167 or Further information on the Presidential Search may be found by following the links on the right-hand side of this page.


Jeff Lieberman, Chair, Board of Governors and
Chair, Presidential Search Committee