Dr. Gervan Fearon currently serves as Brandon University’s vice-president and academic provost. (BRANDON UNIVERSITY PHOTO)
The search for Brandon University’s next president is still ongoing, but sources tell the Sun the next head of the university could be Dr. Gervan Fearon.
Fearon is currently BU’s vice-president and academic provost and according to his biography on BU’s website, he works "with the University President and other university community members to advance the academic mission and reputation of the University."
But when Fearon was contacted for an interview, a BU staff member said under current university policy, "all communications in regards to the presidential search must first go through the search committee." Therefore, Fearon can not comment on the search until the committee makes a formal announcement.
The university’s 19-member presidential search committee, made up of faculty, community members, the students’ union and labour union reps, are also bound by a confidentially agreement.
According to Laura McDougald-Williams, presidential search committee chair, the search is "still underway at this point," but is "progressing on schedule."
"Once the selection is done, Brandon University will announce the selected candidate to ... the community," McDougald-Williams said an emailed statement to the Sun yesterday. "We thank you for your interest and your respect for the process and the outcome."
As previously reported in the Sun, interviews for BU’s next president were slated to begin this month. Current president and vice-chancellor Deborah Poff will step down from her post at the end of July after stating last year she wouldn’t seek a second mandate.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 23, 2014