Message to members of the McGill University
The second term of Professor Heather Munroe-Blum as Principal
ends on June 30, 2013, and a process to find her successor has
begun. In accordance with the Statutes of McGill University,
an Advisory Committee has been formed. The members of the
Mr. Stuart ‘Kip’ Cobbett, Chair of the Board of Governors
Mr. Arnold Steinberg
Board of Governors Appointees:
Mr. Gerald Butts
Ms. Lili de Grandpré
Ms. Tina Hobday
Ms. Cynthia Price
Professor John Galaty
Professor R. Bruce Lennox
Professor Bernard Robaire
Professor Michael Smith
Admin & Support Staff (elected):
Mr. Ronald Critchley
Ms. Gabrielle Kern
Post-Graduate Students’ Society Appointee:
Ms Mariève Isabel
Students’ Society of McGill University Appointee:
Mr. Stephen Strople, Secretary General, will serve as secretary
to the Committee.
The Statutes stipulate that the Board of Governors
appoints the Principal after consultation with a Committee and from
the names submitted to it by this Committee.
The Committee’s primary task will be to identify and consider
qualified individuals for the position, and to nominate top
candidates from whom the Board shall select the Principal. It has
decided to utilize professional assistance in the search and will
engage a major firm with experience in U-15/AAU university
The Committee’s aim is to present its nominations in time to
enable the new Principal to take office in Summer 2013.
As you will appreciate, the Advisory Committee has a critical
mandate to locate suitable individuals to lead McGill in the years
ahead. To guide its deliberations, it will be important for the
Committee to understand the key issues of concern to the University
and to identify the attributes that the next Principal should
possess. Accordingly, the Committee is seeking input from members
of the University community.
In the coming weeks, the Committee will hold a series of
face-to-face meetings to hear directly the views of interested
members and supporters of the University, prior to beginning a
search for candidates.
The Committee also invites you at this time to submit any input
and advice concerning the advisory process for Principal in
writing. The Advisory Committee is interested in whatever comments
you care to make, but particularly would welcome your views
- opportunities, challenges, issues, and priorities facing the
University over the next 5-10 years which are relevant to the
- the key roles and responsibilities of the Principal in leading
McGill through the next 5-10 years;
- the required and desirable characteristics, leadership skills,
qualifications and experience of candidates for the position of
Please feel free to make any other points that you consider
relevant, and address your correspondence to me in confidence, by
campus mail, care of the Secretary General, or by email to advisory [dot] principal [at] mcgill [dot] ca. The
Committee would like to receive these written submissions as soon
as possible, and no later than Friday, May 18. All written
submissions will be treated in strictest confidence. The written
submissions together with the knowledge gained through the
face-to-face consultations will assist the Committee in planning
the advisory process and in the development of a position profile
to be used in identifying and assessing candidates.
In due course the Committee will place appropriate
advertisements for the position and will seek applications and
nominations. To begin this process, we would invite your
assistance in identifying prospective candidates whom the Committee
may wish to consider. Please address any applications, nominations
or suggestions of prospective candidates to me, in confidence, at
any time, care of the Secretary General.
The nomination of the next Principal ultimately must be approved
by the Board of Governors.
Confidentiality is essential to the success of the process, and
strict confidentiality will be observed with respect to the
deliberations of the Committee.
I thank you for your attention to this memorandum.
Stuart ‘Kip’ Cobbett,
Chair, Advisory Committee for Principal, and Chair of
the Board of Governors
cc/ Committee Members