Search Announcement: University Secretary

December 01, 2022

This message has been sent on behalf of Angie Lamarsh, Chair of SFU’s Board of Governors. It has been sent to all faculty and staff.

Dear faculty and staff,

This note is to provide an update on the status of the search for a new university secretary.

As you may be aware, SFU’s Board of Governors recently passed a motion to separate the roles of general counsel and university secretary so that each role will be held by a different person.  

Serving as SFU’s corporate secretariat, the university secretary reports to the president and is accountable to the chair of SFU’s Board of Governors.

The university secretary is a key part of SFU’s management team and is responsible for the initiation, development and administration of university processes and policies. The university secretary also coordinates board activities and advises the president and board chair on sensitive and confidential issues that may affect SFU’s governance or reputation.

The search for this position is led by the Board of Governors. Joining me on the search committee are SFU President Joy Johnson, Deputy Board Chair and Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee Paula Martin, Faculty Board Member Daniel Leznoff, Vice-President People, Equity and Inclusion Yabome Gilpin-Jackson and SFU Registrar Tom Nault. Executive search firm Boyden Canada has been retained to support this important search.

Boyden is advertising the position and began recruiting earlier this week – you can view the position advertisement on the SFU Board of Governors website.

While every search is dynamic, the search committee will aim to have a candidate pool identified early in the new year with the successful candidate hired during the Spring 2023 term.

Our many thanks to Alison Blair and James Beresford for co-leading the University Secretariat while this search is underway.


Angie Lamarsh
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Chair, Board of Governors
Simon Fraser University

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