CBU starting search process for new president
Cape Breton University is on the hunt for a headhunter.
The university has issued a request for proposals for executive search services as it begins the process of replacing former president David Wheeler, who was fired late last year.
The RFP indicated that the successful firm will have to begin working on the search within 10 days of being awarded the contract and the selection process is expected to conclude no later than January 2018
The RFP calls for companies to outline their qualifications, the resumes of those assigned to the project, how they would “establish credibility with CBU stakeholders,” discuss their recruitment plan and project schedule.
They must also indicate if they’re already involved in any other academic executive searches and CBU will determine whether it constitutes a conflict.
Shortlisted companies will be asked to make presentations to the university’s search committee. The closing date for the RFP is June 8.
A presidential selection committee was approved as part of the recent university budget process. The committee will have to file a report with recommendations on the next president of the university within eight months.
In December, the CBU board of governors voted to accept the terms of a negotiated settlement that saw Wheeler leave the university. The university had previously announced Wheeler had been placed on leave with pay pending the outcome of an independent investigation into what it termed governance issues at the university.
The Cape Breton University board of governors had voted to reject a tentative collective agreement that was reached between former university president David Wheeler and the CBUFA, stating that the board’s negotiating committee wasn’t involved in the process. The contract was eventually settled.
Wheeler had served as president and vice-chancellor of CBU since April 2013 when he took over from former president John Harker, who spent almost a decade at the helm of the university.
The past two presidential search processes at the university were led by consultant Royer Thompson.
Dale Keefe is acting as interim president.