Additional Resources


Nancy R Axelrod. Chief Executive Succession Planning: The Board’s Role in Securing Your Organization’s Future.

Margo Baptista. Helping the Grant MacEwan College Board of Governors Acquire and Transfer Knowledge About Presidential Search.

Jean A. Dowdall. Searching for Higher Education Leadership: Advice for Candidates and Search Committees.

Joseph S. Johnston, Jr. and James P. Ferrare. A Complete Guide to Presidential Search for Universities and Colleges. Association of Governing Boards:

Charles B. Neff and Barbara Leondar. Presidential Search: A Guide to the Process of Selecting and Appointing College and University Presidents.

Ross H. Paul. Leadership under Fire: The Challenging Role of the Canadian University President.

Patrick H. Sanaghan, Larry Goldstein, and Kathleen D. Gaval. Presidential transitions: It’s not just the position, it’s the transition.

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Gerald B. Kauvar, E. Grady Bogue, Presidencies Derailed: Why University Leaders Fail and How to Prevent It.

William A. Weary. Essentials of Presidential Search. (Booklet – series Board Basics).


Role of the President

KBRS, “Leadership in Academia: What is Leadership?”: academia-onboarding and leadership in academia academia-what-leadership

Academic Impressions, “Presidential Dialogues: Lessons on Effecting Change”:


Presidential Searches

Leo Charbonneau, “Thinking inside the box on university presidential appointments”: box-on-university-presidential-appointments/

Leo Charbonneau, “The (continued) revolving door at the top of Canada’s universities”:

Patrick Monahan, “A better way for selecting effective university leaders”: university-leaders/


Obstacles and Success Factors for Presidencies

Ross H. Paul, “The alarming rise of failed university presidencies”:

Julie Cafley, “Why have so many Canadian university presidencies

failed?”: university-presidencies-failed/ [See also Julie Cafley’s thesis on which this article is based at:]

 Julie Cafley has just published an article in University World News called, “Leadership in Turbulent Times”:

David H. Turpin, “Canadian University Presidents Project”. Presentation to AUCC members meeting, April 2012”:

David Marshall, “Canadian University Presidential Onboarding”. Presentation to the PEACU (President Executive Assistants at Canadian Universities) Conference, April 27, 2016.