Abbotsford – The University of the Fraser Valley Board of Governors will appoint an interim president when Dr. Mark Evered – the university’s current president – retires at the end of June.
The Board launched the search for UFV’s next president and vice-chancellor one year ago. The process engaged stakeholders on campus and throughout the Fraser Valley. A 13-member selection committee conducted interviews last fall.
“A candidate was selected, but during the final stages, due to unforeseen personal circumstances, the candidate has chosen to withdraw,” says UFV Board Chair John Pankratz. “On behalf of the Board, I sincerely thank the presidential search committee, as well as the many UFV students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members who invested their time to contribute to this process. Everyone involved did an admirable job on all aspects of the search.”
The Board of Governors will re-initiate the search for the president immediately, continuing with Boyden Global Executive Search.
UFV Board Vice-Chair Randy Bartsch served as Chair of the presidential search committee.
“The entire UFV community can be incredibly proud of the process we undertook,” says Bartsch. “It was done in accordance with best practices, balancing the need for candidate confidentiality with the need for stakeholder engagement. With help from Boyden we were able to find an excellent candidate, and we trust that we’ll be able to do so again.”
With the search set to resume, an interim president will be announced in the coming weeks to succeed Evered on July 1.