The University of Guelph is commencing a search for its next Provost & Vice-President (Academic) and is calling for nominations for faculty, staff and students to serve on the search committee. The search process is commencing after the recent announcement that Dr. Gwen Chapman, Provost and Vice-President has shared her intention to retire from the role in July 2024.

The Provost is the University’s chief academic officer and the principal advisor to the President on academic affairs. The Provost plays an instrumental role in supporting, developing, and leading the academic mission of the University by advancing innovation in curriculum and program development, ensuring program quality, leading faculty and student recruitment strategy, fostering a supportive learning environment, and championing policies and programs that enhance the student experience. As Chief Budget Officer, the Provost, in collaboration with the other Vice-Presidents and College Deans, plays a critical role in the development and implementation of the University’s annual budget, and in ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of the University. The Provost also plays a pivotal role in furthering the University’s strategic plan and advancing its ongoing strategic transformation.

In addition to the leadership of all elements of associate diploma, undergraduate, graduate and open learning, the Provost’s portfolio includes oversight of faculty and student affairs, international student recruitment and support, information technology, registrarial services, and the Library.

In keeping with the Policy on University Appointments, the search process will be led by a committee chaired by the president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Charlotte Yates.

The search committee comprises a cross-section of University community members as follows and play an important role in identifying the next Provost and Vice-President (Academic):

  • President & Vice-Chancellor (Chair)
  • Three faculty members (appointed by Senate)
  • One undergraduate student (appointed by Senate)
  • One graduate student (appointed by Senate)
  • Two staff members (appointed by Senate)
  • One external member of the Board of Governors (appointed by the Board)
  • One Dean (appointed by the President)
  • One Dean or Senior Academic or Research Leader (appointed by the President)

The deadline for submitting nominations to the University Secretariat is Wednesday, November 8 at 10:00 a.m. (extended). The call for nominations and nomination form are available here.

We are committed to sharing updates with our faculty, staff and students as this process unfolds.