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.

Where is the job description?

The candidate profile is available online.

What's next in the Presidential Search Process?

Now that the candidate profile and ad are created, the Committee will work with the Executive Search Firm to review applications from potential candidates.

Was input from the campus community included in the candidate profile?

  • Yes, the Committee heard from approximately 1,100 members of the campus community during the consultation in March-April this year. The Committee considered input from the in-person events (e.g. drop in events, all campus forum), the online survey and from emails.
  • The Committee also considered input from stakeholders, partners and SFU's Indigenous faculty, staff and students.
  • That input helped to shape the candidate profile as well as the ad. They are both available on the Presidential Search website.
  • The information provided through the drop-in events and online survey will be shared as soon as the privacy office has completed its review of the information.