David Barnard’s term as president of the University of Manitoba is ending in 2020 and a search committee has commenced its work to find his successor.
Earlier this winter, Senate recommended that, like searches for professors, department chairs and deans, the search for the U of M’s next president be open to the public. This would mean that those candidates could be assessed by everyone in the university community, whom they ultimately serve.
That recommendation was rejected by the University’s Board of Governors.
During the Senate meeting of February 6, where members of the university committee rallied in support of an open search, it was then proposed that the search process be amended so that the short-listed candidates would make a presentation to a closed session of Senate.
The Board of Governors also rejected this suggestion.
We’ve very disappointed that the Board has chosen to treat this search like a corporate exercise. While we can’t reverse their decision, we can let the search committee know what sort of president this University needs. UMFA has sent a letter to the presidential search committee outlining the characteristics we believe are essential for the incoming president to possess. The first page of that letter is below, with the entire letter available by clicking on the image.