Durling wants students to take part in search

As Lawrence Durling prepares to step down as vice-president of finance and administration of St. Thomas University, the search is already underway for a his replacement.

The six-member search committee is holding two informal, town hall-style meetings on campus today at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the conference room at Holy Cross House.

Similar meetings were held last year during the search for a new president.

Candidates will begin the interview process in late October. Unlike with the presidential search process, the top candidates won’t be invited to speak publicly at St. Thomas, consistent to the process used at other Canadian universities, the ad about the search process says.

It’s important for students to participate in the search process because they’re affected by the decisions my replacement will make, Durling said.

“About 50 per cent of our revenue comes from tuition fees. Students have a finance stake from that perspective. They should have an interest in it to make sure they see that the revenues that they provide to the university are used to the best possible advantage and that we get the most out of the resources that we have.”

The process could also provide students insight on how the university works, he added.

“The the more you know about the institution, the more you can take advantage of the opportunities and tap into the resources.”

A replacement for Durling is expected to be hired by Jan. 1.

Students can submit feedback to Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette consultant Anna Stuart at astuart@kbrs.ca or 1-902-424-1144.

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