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Presidential Candidate presented

February 10, 2009

[The following memo was sent out to the UNB community today:]

February 10, 2009

TO:    Faculty and Staff Members, Fredericton and Saint John Campuses
SUBJECT: Candidate for President — Presentation to the University Community


We the members of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Office of President are pleased to propose Dr. H. E. A. (Eddy) Campbell as the candidate to be the next and eighteenth President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of New Brunswick.

Dr. Campbell currently is Acting President and Vice-Chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland where he is also a Professor of Mathematics and Statistics. During his distinguished administrative career, he previously served as Vice-President Academic at Memorial and as Associate Dean of Arts and Science, and Professor and Head of Department at Queen’s University. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto (1981) and has a record of prominent leadership in national scholarly and professional committees and associations.

Since mid-July, the Committee, with the assistance of consultants Dr. Jack Dimond and Dr. Sam Scully, has been engaged in an extensive search process to identify and attract qualified candidates. The Committee first initiated an extensive pre-recruitment consultation process involving written submissions and twenty-eight meetings with individuals and groups on both campuses. Input and advice from these consultations helped the Committee understand the qualifications and attributes that the University community considered important in presidential candidates, and was reflected in the Position Profile. The Committee considered over fifty individuals and established a short-list of six, five of whom accepted an invitation for an interview. After its in-depth assessment of the interviewed candidates as informed by the Position Profile, the Committee ranked them taking into account their qualifications, record of performance to date, and qualities of character and leadership.

The Committee is unanimous in its judgement that Dr. Campbell is the candidate who best fits the needs and priorities of UNB for the next five to ten years as identified by the University community. Dr. Campbell possesses a unique blend of academic and administrative achievement, a commitment to the core values of the academy and to excellence in teaching and research, a deep understanding of universities and their internal workings, an open and consultative style, proven ability to communicate effectively, capacity for strategic thinking,  and strength in government relations and fundraising. We are delighted that Dr. Campbell has agreed to stand for nomination as President and to meet with the UNB community in an open public process to explore this opportunity further.

A summary of Dr. Campbell’s qualifications, experience and accomplishments is appended for convenient reference. A full curriculum vitae is available for perusal at: https://www.unb.ca/sweb/secretariat/presidentsearch and in the offices of deans, the Fredericton and Saint John Senate, student organizations and the Associated Alumni, and at the libraries on both campuses.

The Committee seriously considered the possibility of presenting two or more candidates with contrasting profiles and leadership styles who would afford meaningful comparison. At the end of its deliberations, the Committee concluded that, based on its unanimity and the great strengths of its first-ranked candidate, it should come forward to the University community with a single individual.

We are gratified that Dr. Campbell has agreed to participate in an open process that will provide an opportunity for all members of the University community and friends of UNB to meet him and to provide comment and feedback to the Joint Nominating Committee. This process will include an opportunity to attend at least one meeting with Dr. Campbell where you will be able to ask questions.

Meetings where Dr. Campbell is present will take place on the Saint John campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 17-18, 2009, and on the Fredericton campus on Wednesday and Thursday, February 18-19.

Meetings have been scheduled on these dates which are open to the members of various constituencies including the vice-presidents, academic deans, directors of support service departments, departmental chairs, research chairs and directors of graduate studies, the executives of the AUNBT, UNBEA and CUPE (Local 3339), students and student organizations, Board members and Senators, alumni and external friends of UNB, and all faculty and staff. Invitations are being extended separately to each of these groups. The full itinerary of the campus visits may be found at: https://www.unb.ca/sweb/secretariat/presidentsearch

All members of faculty and staff are cordially invited to meet Dr. Campbell as follows:

  • Saint John campus, 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 17 in Oland Hall 104.
  • Fredericton campus, 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 18 in Tilley Hall 102 (Bailey Auditorium).

The Joint Nominating Committee invites you to submit comment and feedback in writing  on the candidate. Please send your written submissions in confidence by:

  • campus or inter-campus mail to the University Secretary;
  • Canada Post, care of the office of University Secretary, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton campus, P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, E3B 5A3;
  • e-mail to the University Secretary (sstrople@unb.ca).

Your written submission need not be signed, and can be sent as an e-mail attachment, or as hard copy in a sealed and unmarked envelope that is placed inside an outer envelope which must bear your name and signature. No anonymous submissions will be accepted.

The deadline for receipt of written submissions to ensure their consideration by the Joint Nominating Committee is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2009. All submissions received by the deadline will be made available to the members of the Committee who will consider them prior to reaching a final recommendation.

The Committee then will prepare and present its report and recommendation to a joint meeting of the Senates and Board of Governors as required by the University of New Brunswick Act . The nomination for President, as determined by this joint meeting, ultimately must be approved by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council.

We would like to thank all of you who have provided input and advice whether in face-to-face consultations or through written submissions. We are grateful for the time and thought you have put into your communications to us and for your expressions of encouragement and support throughout the search. The high quality of the commentary has shaped the course of the search thus far and is reflected in tangible elements such as the Position Profile, and the selection of the best candidate. We welcome your comment and feedback on Dr. Campbell.

David Stevenson, Chair, Joint Nominating Committee
Phillip Bryden, Vice-Chair, Fredericton
Cathie Hurley, Vice-Chair, Saint John
Roxanne Fairweather
David Ganong
Gary Waite
Stacey Wilson-Forsberg


Summary of Qualifications and Experience

Dr. H. E. A. (Eddy) Campbell is a mathematician who holds two degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Campbell has been Acting President and Vice-Chancellor at Memorial University since January 1, 2008. He was appointed Vice-President (Academic) there on May 1, 2004 following 21 years at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  While at Queen’s, he served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science and Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He completed a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship at The University of Western Ontario before joining Queen’s University in 1983.

Dr. Campbell was elected President of the Canadian Mathematical Society in 2004 and served the Society as President-Elect, Past-President and Deputy President over a four year period.

In 2007 Dr. Campbell was appointed to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) and then appointed to its Executive Committee in 2008.  He also serves on its Committee on Professional and Scientific Integrity.  Dr. Campbell has chaired the Steacie, Herzberg and Brockhouse Prize Advisory Selection Committees at NSERC.

In 2008 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems network (MITACS), a national Centre of Excellence. He currently is a member of the Executive and Investment Committees of MITACS. He also serves on the executive and nominating committee of the Association of Atlantic Universities.

Dr. Campbell’s main research interest is the invariant theory of finite groups. He has maintained an active research career and holds an NSERC Discovery Grant which was renewed in 2008 for 5 years.

Dr. Campbell has been involved in a variety of fundraising activities on behalf of universities, the Canadian Mathematical Society, and the United Way. He is the recipient of the first T. Geoffrey Flynn Award at Queen’s for his work championing the cause of Advancement.

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