Meet Cape Breton University’s 7th President.

David C. Dingwall

“Cape Breton University is a key economic driver and centre for cultural, entrepreneurship, business, and innovation for the only other significantly-sized urban centre outside of the Halifax Regional Municipality. It was essential to find a candidate who understands this and our University’s importance to the future of our great Island.”

Robert Sampson, Chair, CBU Board of Governors

CBU is proud to have David C. Dingwall join us on our journey

Throughout his career, Mr. Dingwall has always considered the University to be Cape Breton Island’s university and firmly believes that CBU must be viewed as a critical asset for our region. Mr. Dingwall also recognizes the contributions that CBU has made on a local and provincial level as a strong contributor to immigration, energy policy, export development, and economic agendas and understands that fundamental research is essential to their success. He knows full well the challenges that CBU faces in a time of demographic decline and financial constraints and the need to be innovative and fiscally responsible.

“Cape Breton University is one of the most important institutions on our Island. Over the years, I have seen the tremendous impact our University has had on our region and I’m committed to working with stakeholders to advance CBU and Cape Breton Island. I am eager to get to know our campus community and begin the important work that lies ahead.”

Mr. David. C. Dingwall

With his community ties and extensive global private and public sector experience, he has the passion and leadership to propel Cape Breton Island, its communities and our University.

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The Search Process

Our goal is simple. We want the search process to be comprehensive and collaborative. The search will unfold in phases with a selection deadline of no later than January 31, 2018.

Phase 1: Prepare for Search
✔ Board of Governors’ establishes Presidential Search Committee

✔ Confirm Roles, Responsibilities and Process for Search Committee

Phase 2: Gather Information & Develop Candidate Profile

✔ Develop & launch website and online survey

✔ Select Executive Recruitment Firm

✔ Expand Community Consultation Process

✔ Town Hall: September 18 at 4 pm (CBU Community Session) Verschuren Centre (CS-104)

✔ Town Hall: September 18 at 7 pm (Cape Breton Community Session) Verschuren Centre (CS-104)

Phase 3: Recruit, Review & Evaluate

✔ Advertise Position Description (see full description here)

✔ Create a shortlist of applicants

✔ Conduct interviews

Phase 4: Selection of Successful Candidate

✔ Selection Committee makes recommendation to Cape Breton University Board of Governors

✔ Board of Governors vote during public meeting

✔ Successful candidate announced

Committee Mandate

The role of the Search Committee, in accordance with the Cape Breton University By-Laws, is to recommend to the Board of Governors a person for the position of President & Vice-Chancellor and to do so in no more than nine months after the formation of the Search Committee.

Message From Chair

On behalf of the Board of Governors’ Presidential Search Committee, thank you for your interest in the future of Cape Breton University. My colleagues and I are very mindful of the significance of the task that lies ahead in the coming months as we work to develop a recommendation for the appointment of the next president of CBU. We understand the importance of this role to the future of our university and our many valued community partners.


Our promise to you is that throughout the process we will keep you informed via this website and provide opportunities for you to share your valued insights and opinions with us. We encourage you to participate in the process when possible and help guide our thinking in terms of candidate profile and selection criteria.


We thank you again for your interest and look forward to this next chapter for Cape Breton University.



Robert Sampson, QC
Chair, CBU Presidential Search Committee

Search Committee Members

Per the Board of Governors By-Law (4.7), the Search Committee shall be composed as follows:

(a) the Chair of the Board, ex officio;

(b) two student Board members who have been nominated by the Students’ Union;

(c) two faculty Board members who have been nominated by the Senate;

(d) one member of the University Leadership Team (ULT);

(e) five Board members who have been otherwise appointed and who are neither students nor employees of the Board.


The Search Committee members are:

Robert Sampson, QC – Chair
Ambrose White – ex-officio
Roy Karam
Brandon MacDonald
Terry Kelly
Keith MacDonald
Darryl Poirier
Howard Windsor
Andrew Molloy
Wendy Wadden
Lois Devoe

Executive Search Firm

Founded in February 1990, Odgers Berndtson Canada Inc. is one of Canada’s leading search firms, offering a broader coverage of the Canadian executive market than any other firm.

 Selecting our next president has been a decision that has been bigger than our university alone.

The president’s leadership and vision touches our culture, our community, our island and our province, as well as reach nationally and internationally. The consultation process was exhaustive and comprehensive that included broad stakeholder consultation, as well as input from a community group who voluntarily led 21 focus groups in Victoria County, Inverness County, Richmond County and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. This information, combined with assistance from the national executive search firm, Odgers Berndtson, gave the Committee a full view of what was thought to be needed in the next President of CBU.

Since June, we’ve heard from many students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Thank you for participating in this important point in the history of Cape Breton University.

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