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Research Universities' Council of British Columbia

Victoria/Vancouver, BC

The Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia (RUCBC) works with and on behalf of its members to improve the quality, accessibility and coordination of university education in British Columbia. The Council provides a single voice on behalf of the six major universities on public policy issues including funding, research, accountability, admissions and transfer. RUCBC is funded by the member universities.  These six universities educate over 160,000 students each year and receive over $900-million in research funding.

The members of RUCBC are the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, University of Northern British Columbia, Royal Roads University, and Thompson Rivers University. The University Presidents of each institution constitute the Board of Directors. RUCBC also has three Vice-Presidents Committees that meet regularly - Academic, Research and Finance as well as a number of standing committees that meet as needed (e.g., Institutional Analysis, Human Resources, etc.).  

Innovation and excellence in teaching and research are at the core of what these research-intensive universities do. They serve the province and country by being connected with, and by contributing to, the great ideas and institutions of the world. RUCBC helps them achieve the full benefits of cooperation. The President or RUCBC provides outstanding leadership by initiating and coordinating the members’ work, especially with the Government of British Columbia, but also with other governments, diverse provincial associations and the wider community.

The ideal candidate will have an outstanding track record of senior level leadership – a track record of integrity, of getting important things done through collaboration and of effectively communicating the organization’s aspirations and achievements. This individual will have held a senior executive role in the public service, post-secondary sector, or in an organization that works intimately with governments. They will have an excellent understanding of and respect for the culture of research-intensive universities and a clear record of achievement in building and engaging partnerships.  Preferably based in Victoria, the President will need to attend regular meetings in Victoria and Vancouver, and to travel as needed in support of RUCBC’s mission.

For more information on this important leadership opportunity, please contact our search consultants at Boyden at or call Brent Cameron or Ella Hipolito at 1-604-685-0261.

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