Brock University — President and Vice-Chancellor

We acknowledge the land on which Brock University was built is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, many of whom continue to live and work here today. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum agreement. Today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples and acknowledging reminds us that our great standard of living is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous People.

Located in the historic Niagara region of Ontario, Canada, Brock offers all the benefits of a young and modern university in a safe, community-minded city with beautiful natural surroundings. The University comprises 19,000 students, 5,000 faculty and staff, an operating budget of around $360 million, and more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in seven Faculties, including a recently established Department of Engineering. Brock excels at providing exceptional experiential learning opportunities and highly rated student and campus life experiences, including one of the most diversified co-operative education programs in the country.

Brock is a comprehensive university known for excellence in teaching and learning, providing a transformational student experience, and strong university-community engagement. Brock is also home to a community of highly regarded scholars in many disciplines who are undertaking impactful research and making significant contributions to knowledge and society. Brock is a national leader in student services, ranking first in Ontario and third among comprehensive universities in Canada for student satisfaction in part due to its top national ranking for mental health support, second ranking for academic advising, extracurricular activities and administrative staff, and third ranking for residence living and student life staff. 

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the successful candidate will be able to evidence significant strategic leadership within a complex institution and governance structure. They will have financial acumen as well as experience in management, team building, working with Boards, external engagement, and fundraising. They will have experience engaging with multiple constituencies and the ability to represent Brock at every level. The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree with a track record of scholarly achievement and a deep understanding of academic institutions. They will be a visionary and people-centred leader who is resilient, ambitious for Brock, and approaches challenges with optimism. They will bring a global outlook and be knowledgeable about the Canadian post-secondary education system, ideally with an understanding of the Province of Ontario system. At a time defined by COVID-19, the next President will have a view of how Brock can move to its next stage of evolution as the world moves beyond the pandemic.

Of critical importance, the next President will be committed to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and anti-racism. Equally, they will bring a commitment to reconciliation, indigenization, and decolonization. They should demonstrate a track record of success in moving forward both of these areas in meaningful and impactful ways. They should be able to point to success in building inclusive communities of diverse students, staff, and faculty in which people feel welcome, respected, and valued.

An executive search is being undertaken by Brock’s search partner Perrett Laver. Perrett Laver will support the University in identifying a diverse field of qualified candidates and in the assessment of candidates against the selection criteria. Applications should consist of a full curriculum vitae and cover letter that explains how the candidate meets the selection criteria.

A full position description and selection criteria, including information on how to apply, can be found in the appointment details available at quoting reference number 5640. Interested candidates are asked to submit applications by 12 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Friday, April 1, 2022. The committee will begin considering applications in mid-April and will continue evaluations into the spring.

Brock University is committed to a positive, supportive and inclusive environment. The University welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities and persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

We will accommodate the needs of applicants  throughout all stages of the selection process, per the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and as outlined in the Brock University Employment Accommodation Policy Please contact to ensure your accessibility needs are met throughout this process. . 

Please note that Brock University requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they are working on campus and/or in-person with other employees, students or members of the public. As a condition of hire, employees in these types of roles will be required to provide proof of full vaccination, or provide proof of a bona fide medical or Human Rights Code exemption.

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