Our new Vice-Chancellor: the search begins

Professor Sir Steve Smith will be retiring from the University in August 2020, and the recruitment process to find our new Vice-Chancellor has begun. 

We’re following a defined process to find the right leader for our University, one who can build on our current successes and enable us to thrive in the future. The process is led by a Joint Committee of Council and Senate, chaired by Sarah Turvill, our Chair of Council.

We are using a professional recruitment firm and working with an external advisor on diversity amongst senior appointments.  We also wish to use the networks and contacts of Exeter’s senior team, academic and professional service staff, Council, alumni, and regional, national and international partners.

We involved colleagues and students in influencing the job description and person specification. Our dedicated microsite contains the full candidate recruitment pack. Initial interviews with the search firm have taken place over Summer 2019.  The autumn term will see shortlisted candidates visit our Exeter and Penryn campuses, have informal meetings with colleagues and students, and then final stage interviews.  We will keep this page and our newsletters updated with further information when relevant and appropriate.