Barnard to step down in 2020; UManitoba Board rejects proposal for open search

February 14, 2019

David Barnard will step down as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba in the summer of 2020, reports the Winnipeg Free Press. UManitoba Faculty Association President Janet Morrill told the Free Press that the Board of Governors has turned down Senate’s request to conduct an open search for the next president with public presentations by short-listed candidates. The Free Press adds that Senate has tabled a new proposal for candidates to be questioned in a closed session, with Senators passing on their recommendations to the Board. “This is a public institution, and it is a privilege to lead the university,” Morrill said. “We think the good for the institution outweighs the unpleasantness (of questioning) to the candidates.” Winnipeg Free Press (MB)