After an extensive consultation and analysis process,
Memorial University’s Presidential Search Committee has released the
requirements for the institution’s next president and vice-chancellor.
The job advertisement, in text and video formats, is
available on the Board of Regents website, along with other information about
the search process.
The job ad reads, in part:
“This is a pivotal time in Memorial’s evolution: a time for
strengthening its profile and deepening community ties, a time for positioning
the university as a national and international leader in teaching and research,
and a time for thinking boldly about new strategic directions and the future of
the institution. . .
“For this next chapter in the university’s development, a
bold, visionary and strategic leader is sought. The new president must possess
an inspirational style of leadership, encouraging faculty, staff, students, and
alumni to see the world in new ways and encouraging them to recognize the role
they play in changing it for the better. A strong communicator and champion for
the university, they must be capable of navigating a range of audiences and
demonstrating to others—in a compelling manner—why Memorial is an excellent
place to study and work, pursue ideas, partner with and invest in.”
The requisite education, experience, skills and leadership
abilities are also detailed in the ad.
The ad will appear in a variety of local, national and
international publications and websites, including a number that target
specific groups and are intended to help attract a diverse and inclusive
“Memorial University is committed to the principles of
equity, diversity and inclusion so the committee wants to make sure potential
candidates from diverse backgrounds have the opportunity to consider the
position,” said Iris Petten, chair of the search committee and chair of the
university’s governing Board of Regents.
She encourages everyone to consider the position
requirements and submit nominations or applications for the position.
Consideration of candidates will begin in the summer of
2019, with the new president to take office in early 2020.