Statement from the Chair of the Board of Regents
On July 10, 2023, the Board of Regents received a letter from the Faculty Association outlining concerns around employee turnover at the University. You may have read about it in the Winnipeg Free Press; therefore, we felt it important to provide comments to the University community.
Between the unexpected departure of our former president, the global pandemic, and the beginning of a new and promising presidency, the University of Winnipeg has understandably experienced a period of considerable transition. Through these changes, our governance and administrative structures have been stable, resilient, and effective in keeping our University focused on institutional integrity and student success.
During the transition between presidents, which coincided with the pandemic and its unusual challenges, the University of Winnipeg intentionally filled senior vacancies with interim or acting officials to allow the new president, whomever it may have been, to build their own leadership team. So some of what may have seemed to be rapid turnover over eighteen months actually occurred over the span of three years. Since taking office in April 2022, Dr. Todd Mondor has built a competent and promising senior administrative team.
As Chair of the Board or Regents, I am pleased to say we are confident in the leadership, integrity, and competence of President Todd Mondor and his leadership team, and optimistic about the future of the University of Winnipeg as an outstanding institution of higher learning and working.
As the University has advanced over the past years, it has remained steadfast in its commitment to provide an exceptional quality of education. Together, we continue in our shared mission to equip graduates to build brighter futures for themselves and their communities. I would like to express my sincere appreciation for each member of our leadership team and the entire faculty and staff community for their ongoing commitment to the success our students.
Stefan JonassonChair of the Board of Regents
Response from the President and Vice-Chancellor
I am writing in reaction to the Winnipeg Free Press article outlining the faculty association council’s concerns with respect to employee turnover and changes at the University of Winnipeg over the past year.
During my first year at the University of Winnipeg, and as stated by Board Chair Stefan Jonasson, I have focused on building a leadership team through comprehensive and competitive search processes. Over this time, we have welcomed several new appointments, which are outlined in the President’s Annual Report. This has resulted in leadership changes and I appreciate that change is difficult for the community. With a strong leadership team in place we are excited to set our sights toward a process of collaborative engagement, consultation, and planning over the coming year. We will initiate these conversations by holding a town hall in the fall so that the entire campus community can meet and hear from the leadership team, learn more about the strategic planning and engagement process that will be initiated in the coming year, and share your ideas for our University. Together, we will continue to make the University of Winnipeg a community that cares for and supports each other, nurtures student success, and makes a difference in our city, province, and society as a whole.
I would like to thank the Board of Regents for their support, and stress the excitement and faith that I have in the senior leadership team. Thank you for your patience and trust in me and the leadership team as we all work together to continue to make the University of Winnipeg a place where students, faculty, and staff can thrive.
Dr. Todd Mondor
President and Vice-Chancellor