CBU start­ing search process for new pres­i­dent

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF news@cb­post.com

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.

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