President and Vice-Chancellor

Dalhousie University is conducting an extensive international search for a President and Vice-Chancellor to take office in July of 2019, and invites expressions of interest, applications and nominations.

A member of Canada’s U15 group of universities, Dalhousie is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international institution, with more than half of its nearly 19,000 students coming from outside the province. The university’s 6,000 faculty and staff foster a diverse, purpose-driven community, one that spans 13 faculties and conducts more than $150 million in annual research. Dalhousie is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2018, embarking on its third century of achievement with renewed energy, inspired partnerships and a deepened commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to making a lasting impact on our world. For more about Dalhousie University, visit

Reporting to the Board of Governors, the President and Vice-Chancellor provides the overall leadership of the University’s activities. The President will ensure achievement of Dalhousie’s mission of creating a hub of world-leading research and innovation, adding to the intellectual, social and economic capital of its communities. The President will also ensure Dalhousie provides an environment of teaching and learning excellence, built on collaboration and respect, with a commitment to academic freedom. In addition to managing a team of leaders responsible for all the university’s policies, programs and services, the President must foster a culture of cooperation and collegiality that ensures and enhances both student success and the student experience.

Dalhousie’s next President and Vice-Chancellor brings a tenure of relevant academic and leadership experience expected from the leader of a U15 university. As Dalhousie’s leading advocate, you have a clear understanding of the unique role Dalhousie plays in the region, across Canada and globally and a leadership style that enables this. As the ideal candidate, you are a respected visionary leader with a demonstrated track record of success. You must have a demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion and champion them as integral components of your current organization. You create collaborative, dynamic and innovative cultures and have an aptitude for people leadership. You are also an excellent relationship builder who will foster open and productive dialogues both across campus, with students, faculty and staff, and with external audiences, including all levels of government, community partners, industry, other academic institutions, alumni, donors, and the international community. Your experience includes working in large, complex institutions and with nationally and globally top ranked programs that meet and exceed rigorous standards and accreditations.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness.  The university encourages applications from Aboriginal Peoples, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. 

Consideration of candidates will begin immediately.  To apply for this opportunity, please submit an application online at