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Executive Brief in the Recruitment of the Seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor (.pdf format) 

Advertisement for Seventh President and Vice-Chancellor (.pdf format) 


Updates on Search for the Seventh President and Vice-Chancellor 

Presidential Search Update
(March 4, 2019)
The Search Committee for the Seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor is pleased to advise that the recruitment process for the position continues to move forward. Invitations to apply for the position have been placed in local, national and international newspapers, as well as on major academic recruitment portals. A redesigned Executive Brief and Position Profile to support the process has also been issued. Copies of both documents are available on our website. (
The Committee met again on Sunday, March 3, 2019 to consider next steps in the process. The Committee expects to have a short-list of candidates developed by the end of April 2019 with interviews to take place in May and June.
If you have any suggestions for candidates that should be approached to determine their interest in the position we again request you to forward them to our search consultants, Laverne Smith & Associates Inc., at
Update from the Chair of the Presidential Search Committee
(February 13, 2019)
The Presidential Search Committee held a retreat and meeting in early February in preparation for going back out to the market in search of the Seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor. 

It was a productive meeting where new and continuing members of the Committee were able to refresh key documents to the process; review last year’s process to identify areas for improvement; and set the agenda for the ensuing search.

Advertisements for the Seventh President and Vice-Chancellor are being finalized and will be placed in a variety of media shortly. Our consultants, Laverne Smith & Associates Inc. will begin seeking applications. Suggestions of individuals that might be approached to determine their interest in being considered for the position are welcome and may be submitted to Laverne Smith & Associates Inc. at All suggestions, including any associated documentation, will be held in strict confidence and reviewed only by Laverne Smith & Associates Inc., which will follow-up on suggested names as appropriate.

The Search Committee will endeavour to keep the community updated as much as possible throughout the process, while maintaining and respecting the confidentiality of the process which is critical to the integrity of the search. The Committee encourages the community to consult the website for new and prior updates which represent the best, most accurate information about the search:

Update on Presidential Search Process
(January 10, 2019)

In accordance with the approved procedures and criteria established at the outset of the process, Laverne Smith & Associates Inc. has been selected as the search consultants. Laverne Smith & Associates Inc. is a leader in senior academic and administrative leadership recruitment, having placed 70 senior level university administrators since 2012, including 11 presidents and principals, 17 provosts and vice-presidents, and 21 deans between 2015 and 2018.

As directed by the Board, the Presidential Search Committee will continue its work within the next few weeks, beginning with a retreat to review progress to date and a meeting to chart the way forward. We look forward to successful completion of the Search for the Seventh President and Vice-Chancellor prior to the start of the next academic year.

Update on Timing of Presidential Search
(May 10, 2018)

As announced on March 1, 2018, the Board of Governors advised the Search Committee for the Seventh President and Vice-Chancellor to renew its efforts in the coming academic year. The first task in re-launching the search will be to issue an RFP for a search firm. This will be done in the Fall, with the goal of having the Search Committee and the Search Firm meet in early 2019 to review the Executive Brief that was developed following broad community consultation, and to determine the optimal time to go back out to the market and conduct interviews.

Once again, the Board wishes to express its gratitude to those who will be continuing on the Search Committee for their continued dedication to this task. The executive brief, the search committee membership, and the search process, along with the latest updates or announcements related to the search can be found on this webpage. (

Update on the Search for the Seventh President and Vice-Chancellor
(March 1, 2018)

The University of Windsor Board of Governors has announced that the search for the seventh president and vice-chancellor will not conclude by June 30, 2018, when current president Alan Wildeman is set to conclude his term. The search committee had identified a highly preferred candidate from a broad and diverse pool of applicants, who, for personal reasons unrelated to the University of Windsor, declined the offer.

In reaching this conclusion, the board recognized that it is not realistic to identify a new preferred candidate in the short time frame remaining between now and June. The board also recognizes that this is a very positive time for the University of Windsor. Even though there are a number of presidential searches happening provincially and nationally, the opportunity at Windsor is highly attractive, and the board has advised the search committee to renew its efforts in the coming academic year, and is grateful to the committee’s members for their continuing dedication to the task. The search committee remains committed to identifying the candidate who best fits the position profile and mandate that were developed through wide community consultation.

The board will be making a statement in the coming weeks about an interim strategy (Daily News article) until a new president and vice-chancellor is identified.

Search Committee Membership

  • Norbert Hartmann, Retired Assistant Deputy Minister of Education (Chair)
  • Jeremiah Bowers, UWSA President
  • Lori Buchanan, Faculty Member, Psychology
  • Jodi Butts, Lawyer, Rise Asset Development
  • Cheryl Collier, Acting Associate Vice-President, Academic
  • Vincent Georgie, Director, School of Creative Arts
  • Chris Houser, Dean of Science
  • Teresa Piruzza, Director, External Affairs and Public Policy, FCA Canada Inc.
  • Helga Reidel, President & CEO, Enwin Utilities Ltd. 
  • Jennifer Willet, Faculty Member, School of Creative Arts
  • William Willis, Willis Business Law
  • Bill Wright, Mediator, W.F. Wright Mediation Services

Equity Assessor—non-voting member
Daniella Beaulieu, Executive Director, Academic & Staff Labour and Employee Relations

Search Firm
Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.

Committee Support
Renée Wintermute, University Secretary

Search Process

1. Consultations

The key priorities for the next President were refined and the ideal candidate profile developed following extensive consultation with key stakeholders who were asked to provide feedback on questions listed below: 

  • What are the local, provincial, national or global trends that will have the greatest impact on the University of Windsor over the next five to ten years?
  • What are the key opportunities and challenges facing the University over the coming five to ten years?
  • What are the greatest strengths or most important features of the University of Windsor that the next President and Vice-Chancellor should preserve or enhance?
  • What are the key priorities for the new President and Vice-Chancellor in the first term?
  • What qualifications, experience and/or professional and personal attributes should the President and Vice-Chancellor possess to be successful?

The mandate and profile of the next President are outlined in the Board-approved Executive Brief in the Recruitment of the Seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor (.pdf format).

2. Executive Brief

Executive Brief and Position Profile was approved by the Board and posted. Initial advertisements went out in July 2017. The second round of advertisements will go out in February 2019.

3. Developing List of Candidates

Search Firm Develops List of Candidates

4. Developing Short-List of Candidates

Search Committee Develops Short-List of Candidates

5. Interviews

First and Second Interviews

6. Preferred Candidate

Preferred Candidate presented to an in-camera Joint Board/Senate Meeting, with approval sought at an in-camera Board Meeting immediately following the Joint Meeting