Presidential Appointment

In June, President Jamie Cassels announced that he would finish his time as president next year on June 30, 2020. In accordance with the university’s Procedures for the Search, Appointment or Reappointment of the President and Vice-Chancellor (Policy GV0300 -, a search for Jamie’s successor has been initiated.  

Leadership is an important element of any organization’s success. Jamie is an exceptional President whose strong leadership has benefitted the university greatly during his presidency. The role of the appointment committee will be to identify and recommend the appointment of another outstanding individual and leader as the next President.

When the committee begins to meet later this fall, its first task will be to acquaint itself with the requirements of the position and establish criteria for the next appointment. In preparation for the committee’s work, the committee is seeking perspective on the opportunities, issues and challenges facing the university over the next five to ten years and the qualifications and experience the committee should seek in candidates for the presidency.

You may convey your input in writing by (revised date) noon on Wednesday November 6, 2019 by email to

The search will be supported by Perrett Laver, a leading international executive search firm. Managing partners Gordon Lobay and Erik Jackson will be on campus in the coming months to hear from members of the university community. Confirmation of dates and details regarding how to participate in consultation sessions will follow.

Even at this early stage of the process, we would also welcome the names of individuals whom you perceive as possessing the qualifications and experience needed in our next President. Please convey any suggestions to Emily Jarvis at Perrett Laver - or by phone at 604-340-7004.

The university community will be kept apprised of the search process through periodic emails and this website.

With your input and assistance from the search consultants, the appointment committee will seek to identify and recommend the appointment of another outstanding leader who will work with members of the University of Victoria community to build on strengths and successes and to further  contributions as one of the best universities in Canada and abroad.