Becoming president of an institution during COVID-19: Opinion

November 30, 2020

Those moving into the role of university president during the pandemic have faced new challenges, write Pascale Castonguay and Moira MacDonald. The authors explore the experiences of new presidents and how they have dealt with pandemic challenges, what new skills they have learned, and how their visions for their institutions have been altered. Speaking to those stepping into leadership roles, Dennis Prud’homme, president and vice-chancellor at Université de Moncton recommends “not being afraid to talk to their fellow presidents and get their opinions. My colleagues at other institutions offered me their help and a sympathetic ear when I needed their opinions, and that’s very valuable for a new president.” University Affairs (International)