Message from the Chair

September 5, 2018

In June, I shared the news that Dalhousie President Richard Florizone will be leaving the university at the end of this year to pursue an exciting opportunity with the emerging Quantum Valley Ideas Lab in Waterloo, Ontario. Dalhousie has benefitted greatly from Dr. Florizone’s leadership and vision these past five years, helping to build the energy and achievements we’ve seen across the university and to strengthen our contribution to the educational, social and economic development of our region and beyond. We look forward to working with him through the remainder of 2018, continuing to move Dal forward through exciting new initiatives and events as we conclude our 200th year.

Dalhousie is entering its third century with incredible momentum, and it is in that spirit that the Board of Governors is launching the search for the university’s 12th president — one who will continue our 200-year legacy of academic excellence, transformational research, and community building. This search will be global in scope, and with Dal’s growing international profile we anticipate continuing to attract world-class candidates.

We have engaged Odgers Berndtson, one of the world’s leading executive search consultant firms, to assist with the search process. This will be the first presidential search conducted at Dalhousie under the current Senior Administrative Appointments Policy, approved by the Board and Senate in 2013. Membership on the search committee is still being finalized, but it will consist of an equal number of Board-appointed members and non-Board-appointed members, with myself serving as chair. As per the policy, the majority of non-Board-appointed members will be appointed by Senate. One member will be appointed by the Dalhousie Student Union, and members may also include other members of the university community who would be able to provide an informed perspective relevant to the position.

The Dalhousie community can expect to hear more as the search progresses, as well as opportunities to contribute by sharing perspectives on the requirements, challenges and opportunities for the President’s position. Our Presidential Search website is now live, and will be populated with more information as it becomes available. We do not yet have a timeline for completion of the search. If the search is not completed prior to President Florizone’s departure, the Board will appoint an acting president to serve until a new president can begin their tenure.

Dalhousie has a very strong leadership team in place, one that is strengthening the university’s mission, pushing forward on the important priorities of our Strategic Direction and helping make our 200th year truly special. I have no doubt this momentum will continue through the search for and transition to Dalhousie’s next president and vice-chancellor.


Lawrence Stordy, Chair, Dalhousie Board of Governors