Search is on for Laurier’s new president


(Photo by Cristina Rucchetta)
(File Photo by Cristina Rucchetta)

Recruitment is well underway in the search for a president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University.

The current president, Max Blouw, is approaching the end of his second five-year term and as such, the decision was made earlier last year to begin the recruitment process.

A committee was formed to carry out the recruitment and hiring procedures.

It was comprised of members of university staff and the institution’s board of governors.

A statement posted on the university’s website read, “the Committee has consulted with the Laurier community and stakeholders to define the experience and qualities Laurier should look for in its next leader through an electronic survey, solicitations of written feedback, as well as individual interviews and group consultation sessions, conducted over several weeks.”

That experience and quality was then used in the drafting of the official president and vice-chancellor job posting, a posting currently hosted on the website of Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, a leading Canadian human capital consulting firm.

Respondents can complete the application by completing a personal profile on the consulting firm’s site, as well as attaching a resume and cover letter.

“The Presidential Search process is underway as per the Board-Approved Procedures for Searches and Reviews of Senior Administrators,” stated John Bowley, chair of the board of governors and chair of the Presidential Search Committee, in an email to The Cord.

“The job ad was posted in late July, the consultant did extensive outreach over the summer and there was a strong and positive response. The committee will be considering candidates throughout the fall before making its recommendation to the governing bodies.”

Once a nominee has been chosen, a recommendation will be made by the search committee to the university’s board of governors and Senate.

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