It is with great excitement that, on behalf of the Board of Governors, I introduce Dr. Brad Donaldson as Lethbridge College’s ninth President and CEO following a successful search.
Lethbridge College is proud to have been an important part of the southern Alberta community for the past 65 years, and we are confident Brad is the right leader to move us forward as we write the next chapter in our college’s history. He is a thoughtful leader who has a passion for post-secondary education, and he will create an environment that allows our students to succeed, that fosters important industry-led research and contributes to the social and economic development of the region.
Brad has 17 years of post-secondary experience, most recently as Vice President – Academic (VPA) at SAIT. He has also been VPA at Red Deer College and Dean of the School of Manufacturing and Automation at SAIT, and he has held many engineering and senior leadership roles in the global manufacturing sector.
Our selection committee had more than 160 stakeholder engagements, which led us to identify the leadership characteristics that matter most to you and our community. We are thrilled to say Brad is the leader our community told us it wanted, and we thank everyone who played a part in this process. You can see the job profile below.
Please take a minute to view a short introduction from Brad and help us give him a hearty Lethbridge College welcome as we move towards his first day on the job on Sept. 6.
As we say around here, what happens next matters most.
Chair, Lethbridge College Board of Governors
Chair, Board of Governors
SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE ON-GOING PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH:
The college’s Board of Governors has created a search committee to conduct a broad, fair and effective recruitment process designed to attract a strong field of candidates interested in serving as Lethbridge College’s next President and CEO. The search committee will work to identify the best candidate for the role and will recommend a candidate to the board of governors.
Search committee members:
- Michael Marcotte (board chair)
- Kristine Cassie (board member)
- Janene Moch (board member)
- Scott Lehbauer (faculty representative)
- Emory Hache (AUPE representative)
- Ednna Stobschinski (student representative)
- Michelle Ni Dochartaigh-Derbich (admin/excluded representative)
- Brenda Brindle (past board member)
The search consultants at Boyden Canada: Executive Search and Consulting have been selected by the Lethbridge College Board of Governors to conduct the search process in support of the search committee.
Boyden is a premier leadership and talent advisory firm with more than 75 offices in over 45 countries, including seven Canadian offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Toronto and Vancouver. Boyden connects great companies with great leaders through executive search, interim management and leadership consulting solutions. Boyden is ranked amongst the top companies on Forbes’ Americas Best Executive Recruiting Firms for 2021.
Boyden will use its partners across the country and around the world to assist in identifying and recruiting candidates on behalf of Lethbridge College in the search for its next President and CEO.
Boyden welcomes any comments, questions or feedback that you may have. Please feel free to confidentially contact them by email.
Additional information about Boyden is available online.
The search procedures for the next President and CEO of Lethbridge College will involve three concurrent phases:
Time invested up front truly pays dividends. We greatly value the input and perspective of both internal and external Lethbridge College stakeholders in response to the candidate criteria. The search committee and search consultants will seek stakeholder input using a variety of outreach methods. This feedback will be used to create a position and candidate profile for candidate assessment.
Identification of candidates
Concurrent to the consultation process, the search consultants will identify organizations where people would have gained the leadership experience relevant to the role of President and CEO. Confidential outreach to individuals within these organizations will start and will aim to both solicit interest on the part of possible candidates and to determine their suitability to encourage formal candidacy when appropriate. Included in this outreach will be referrals of candidates whose names have emerged from the stakeholder consultation process.
The position will be advertised through both print and web forums. The advertising will also encourage interested applicants to engage in the search process.
Evaluation and decision
The search consultants will conduct initial interviews with potential candidates and then present these backgrounds confidentially to the search committee. This allows the committee to review the background of potential candidates, their individual competency matrix and their fit as candidates for President and CEO. After review and discussion against the criteria, the committee will select a short-list group of candidates for formal committee interviews.
Following the interview process, the finalist candidate(s) will undergo thorough reference and background checks. Additional meetings and presentations will also take place during this time. The search committee will then make its candidate recommendation to the Lethbridge College Board of Governors for approval and advancement to a job offer.