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In keeping with my being ever helpful to the University of Winnipeg — OK, OK, except for those 219 times — I’m doing my bit to help UW out of a pickle.

Seems this Lloyd Axworthy fellow is going to retire, and UW figures it needs a successor as president. So I’ll do my best to help find a new prez.

You might want to polish up your resumes out there, remember to only put down true facts and degrees you realy earned and papers you really wrote — because they have ways of checking these things out — and if you’re one of our anonymous troll commenters, maybe have someone check over your grammar and spelling, and encourage you to put your name on it. But I digress.

I see it’s a full-time job, and how often do you see that these days?

There’s no mention in the job posting about a downtown parking spot — be a tough negotiator on that one — or of moving into the president’s house on Oak Street. Hmm, maybe I should watch for signs outside the house. Nor do I see anything in there about a PhD being required.

There is, it goes without saying, specific mention of being able to go out and hunt up money, especially in non-traditional ways.

Speaking of which, given how UW has been using vacancy management to balance the budget in recent years, do you really need to pay a leader, in a collective, collegial, academic organization?

Anyhow, from today’s Academica Top Ten, in which I found a link to Academica Careers, here’s the job posting:

University of Winnipeg - President and Vice-Chancellor

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Posted On: Nov. 27, 2013
Type: Full-Time
Category: Executive Management

About the Employer

Acclaimed for academic excellence in liberal education and a commitment to indigenous education, community engagement and quality teaching and research, the University of Winnipeg has doubled its enrolment in eight years. Access and inclusion are hallmarks of the institution. Students have discovered a place where passion for learning and making a difference inspire them to realize their potential in an environment that makes them feel at home.

The University offers over 2,400 courses in more than 50 areas of study, a growing graduate program, is home to 7 Canada Research Chairs, 3 Chancellor’s Research Chairs and also has an established and vibrant collegiate. With more than 10,000 full- and part-time students and a loyal and connected alumni population of 40,000 and growing, the University will look to you to articulate and achieve the collective goals of the students, faculty, graduates and community. Through your stewardship and advocacy, the institution will continue to strive for excellence in teaching, research and service that contribute to brighter futures for its students and the community.


As President and Vice-Chancellor, you will work with a talented Board, an active Foundation and accomplished faculty and staff to enhance and lead a strategic plan that allows the University to continue its evolution. The University has celebrated its 100th convocation; your leadership will nourish continued growth in the spirit and passion that have defined the institution.  You will be a visible and vocal champion and partner on campus, with governments, businesses, and diverse communities across the province and beyond. Administratively, you will encourage dialogue and collaboration among faculty, staff and students while seeking out funding through traditional and innovative channels.

Job Requirements

In addition to your academic credentials, you are a proven leader who consistently earns respect and support from stakeholders.  Whether in academia, government, or the wider community, you are comfortable in the public eye and in leading a complex organization. This is your opportunity to make an impact on the future.          

Application Instructions

To explore this opportunity further, contact 403-410-6700 or To be considered for this position, submit your CV and related information at

Don’t forget to mention you found this opportunity via Academica Careers

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About Nick Martin

Nick Martin is the old bearded guy at the back of the newsroom, the most experienced reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press, having started his career in Ontario in 1971.

He’s been covering education for the Free Press since the spring of 1997, after decades primarily covering municipal politics, including a four-year stint at the Ontario legislature for the London Free Press.

Nick moved to Manitoba in 1988 with his Winnipeg-born wife, who is a professor at the University of Manitoba. They have two kids, both of whom graduated from Grant Park High School: son Chris and daughter Gillian.

Nick has won a national journalism award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers, two Manitoba Human Rights Journalism awards, and the Ontario Reporters Association investigative award.

Nick is a long-distance runner, having finished and survived 18 marathons and 15 half-marathons and 30-kilometre races, and having (barely) survived 10 years as an outdoor and indoor soccer coach.

Nick became a soccer referee in 2007, delighting in his 60s in outrunning 16-year-olds and keeping his distance from obstreperous coaches and parents.

Nick and his wife have discovered a mutual love for kayaking at their Whiteshell cottage, and are both regulars at the Reh-Fit Centre. They hold season tickets to both the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Warehouse, and as empty nesters, have rediscovered the joys of an active winter vacation.

A native of Jarrow-on-Tyne, England, Nick is a member of the Toon Army as a Newcastle United supporter, and a proud citizen of Leafs Nation.

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