President and Vice-Chancellor

Sydney, Nova Scotia (CA)
03 Oct 2017
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02 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Cape Breton University
President and Vice-Chancellor

Cape Breton University invites nominations and applications for the position of President and Vice-Chancellor.

Tracing its roots back to 1951, Cape Breton University (CBU) is home to a vibrant campus community, committed to excellence in undergraduate education and research. The University provides a comprehensive suite of liberal arts, science, business, and professional programs, and offers a transition-to-work component through co-op education, work placements, internships, and work-study opportunities. With approximately 3,100 full-time and part-time students—including hundreds of international students from more than 40 countries—CBU is recognized for its small class sizes, strong teaching and research, providing research opportunities at the undergraduate level, and its strong ties to the external community. Home to Canada’s only Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development, CBU is also known as Atlantic Canada’s leader in Aboriginal post-secondary education, and is the first energy self-sufficient campus in North America. The University occupies a very special place in the hearts and minds of the people of Cape Breton. It is a provider of an outstanding education to students from around the world, a centre for cultural traditions and celebration, and a driver of economic development. For more information about the University, visit

The ideal candidate for President will be a dynamic leader, with strong academic credentials and deep experience in a learning environment.  They will have a track record of promoting and sustaining excellence, a creative and entrepreneurial mindset, and a deep commitment to the student experience. The President will possess the leadership skills and administrative experience to advance the University on all fronts, while honouring the deep traditions and values that are so important to the CBU community and the Island. The President will have an open and transparent leadership style, exceptional interpersonal skills, and an abiding respect for the principles of collegial governance. They will be deeply committed to, and passionate about, Cape Breton Island and Atlantic Canada, and will have the skills and desire to connect at every level of the community, and to forge meaningful partnerships that will benefit both the University and the wider region. 

Cape Breton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community. The University welcomes those who would contribute to the further diversification of its staff, its faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Consideration of candidates will begin the late fall 2017, with the new President to take office in the summer of 2018. Nominations and/or applications should be submitted, in confidence, to Colleen Keenan or Jason Murray at