On Oct 23, 2012, reps from the executive search firm Pinton Forrest & Madden (PFM) met with faculty during the CFA meeting block time to ask about the qualities faculty would like to see in their new VP. Here is a partial list.
- has a strong university background
- Is committed to moving forward
- is energetic, open, communicative, and believes in true consultation
- is not a bureaucrat
- will create opportunities for campus-wide cross fertilization
- will take campus lecturers and activities to the community (as Jackie Snodgrass did with the Capilano Universe series )
- will continue progressing with First Nations' educational needs, ensuring higher enrolment, and increasing the number of aboriginal graduates
- has experienced successes in a smaller university and knows how to create new, innovative programs – not someone who will turn Cap into a "Tonka-toy UBC"
- knows BC politics and appreciates the Canadian education system
- understands the importance of serving outlying community campuses
- has an academic background and recent teaching experience so is very well acquainted with the needs of a learning institution; will continue to place emphasis on learning, not research
- has a PhD, thus establishing credibility with community professionals and comfort with other VPs in the sector
- does not necessarily have a PhD but lots of classroom experience
- is innovative around the use of declining resources
- has the ability to release new energy and inspire creativity on campus – can find ways to make things happen, not prevent them from starting
- is proactive in building bridges between faculties
- has experience working in a contractual (union) environment.
If you or someone you know embodies these qualities, please encourage them to contact PFM's associate partner Esther McGregor, email@example.com.