Presidential Search FAQs

Who is leading the Presidential search process?

The Presidential search process is being led by the Presidential Search Committee, in accordance with University Policy B 10.06 and the terms of reference  approved by the Board of Governors.  It includes representatives from SFU’s Board of Governors, students, faculty, staff, executive, Deans, Faculty Association, Student Societies and Alumni Association.

Executive search firm Boyden has also been hired to help support the committee through this important process.

Where can I find more information about the process?

The best place to stay up to date is the SFU Board of Governors Presidential search website.

Who will decide who the next President is?

The Presidential Search Committee is tasked with conducting the search process and making a recommendation to the Board of Governors.  The Board of Governors will decide who to appoint as the next President, based on that recommendation.

Why is Andrew Petter leaving in 2020?

Presidents are appointed for 5 year terms, and typically serve a maximum of two terms.  Prof. Petter’s second term ends on August 31, 2020 and he has indicated he is not seeking a third term.

When will the new President start?

The official start date is anticipated to be September 1, 2020.

How long is the process and when will the next President be announced?

The process to select SFU’s next President will take approximately 12-15 months, with an announcement regarding SFU’s next President in early 2020.

How can the SFU community be part of the process?

From March 15 to April 14 the campus community was invited to help shape the position description that will be made available to potential applicants. During the consultation there were a number of ways that the community could participate, including in person events at all campuses, an online survey on the website, or by sending a written submission.

In this phase of the process we wanted to hear what experience, leadership and personal qualities the community   felt were important for our next President, as well as what opportunities and challenges they thought the next President will face.

You can read more about the consultation and view the archived all campus forum on the consultation page.

The position description will be shared later this spring.