Presidential search update

The search for McMaster’s next president continues to make progress with the selection of a search company to assist the Committee to Recommend a New President.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued late this winter and Boyden, a Toronto based company with extensive experience in higher education, was the successful applicant. The search firm plays a key role in developing the position description and to creating and delivering on the strategy to find the most highly qualified candidates for the role.

“This is an important step in the process,” said Paul Douglas chair of the search committee and chair of McMaster’s Board of Governors. “Boyden will be a great resource for the committee and the university. They will help us with the broad range of consultations we want to undertake, take all of the input and create the document that outlines what kind of leader McMaster needs in its next president.”

The search firm is also responsible for finding a range of diverse candidates for the search committee to short list and interview.

“We want to hear from as many members of the university community as possible about their thoughts on the opportunities and challenges McMaster needs to tackle over the next several years and what type of person would be the best choice for McMaster,” said Douglas.

A town hall meeting tentatively set for April 17th is being rescheduled to allow Boyden to be fully prepared and to better understand the university.  Input can be submitted to the committee at any time at More information on the committee and the process to recommend a new president is also available at the presidential search website. A round table session for students was held in late March before exams began.