Brock University is currently searching for a new president to replace outgoing Jack Lightstone. The Brock University Faculty Association (BUFA) is calling for an open presidential search, with public talks by the short-listed candidates and opportunities for the Brock community to provide input to the Advisory Committee on the Presidency.
The Advisory Committee has so far indicated that it will hold a closed search, arguing that an open search will limit the number of applicants. While it is true that open searches are rare in Canada, they are much more common in the USA. This has not had a negative effect on the ability of American schools to attract exceptional candidates. BUFA’s argument is simple: closed searches protect candidates, while open searches protect Brock.
According to BUFA, an open search will demonstrate Brock’s commitment to transparency, consultation, and shared governance. It will also help ensure that the new president’s values align with those of the broader Brock community, and demonstrate accountability to the public at large.