Presidential Search 2019-2020

Professor Andrew Petter's second term as President ends on August 31, 2020.

January 2020 Update

SFU recently selected its next President. The Board of Governors has named Joy Johnson as the university’s next President and Vice-Chancellor. Read more here.

The Board of Governors established the Presidential Search Committee, as per University Policy B 10.06, and charged the committee with conducting the search.

The process began in January, 2019 and concluded in January, 2020.

Fall 2019 Update

Since the release of the job description and candidate profile, a number of qualified individuals have shown serious interest in the position. The committee will conduct interviews with candidates later in the fall of 2019.

The search is proceeding as planned and the Presidential Search Committee remains on-track to announce a new President in early 2020.

Spring 2019 Update

From March 15-April 14, the Presidential Search Committee engaged in robust consultations to gather input to help shape the position description, which has been made available to all potential candidates. During that time, the SFU community was invited to participate online or in person in this important process.

During the consultation, approximately 1,100 members of the community shared their input at in person events, through email and the online survey. A number of stakeholders and partners also provided their input.

The input received from the drop-in events and online survey helped shape the candidate profile. The privacy office has completed its review of the information provided and a small amount of information has been redacted to protect individuals’ personal information in accordance with their privacy rights under the British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Survey Results

Candidate profile

Candidate ad for position

For information or questions about the process, please contact:

Presidential Search Committee Secretaries:

Ian Forsyth, University Secretary
Kera McArthur, Executive Director, Office of the President

Executive Search Consultant:

Brent Cameron, Managing Partner, Boyden