TRU to test the waters on presidential appointment

TRU president Alan Shaver seen during his installation in 2011. (Thompson Rivers University)

TRU president Alan Shaver seen during his installation in 2011. (Thompson Rivers University)

Students, staff and faculty get a say in whether TRU gets a new presi­dent next year.

President Alan Shaver’s term ex­pires next August. The TRU board of governors is looking for feedback before deciding whether to reappoint him for another five years.

An online survey has been creat­ed and will be available to the public from Oct. 8 to Oct. 22 as part of a presidential review.

“In general it asks participants to comment on the performance of the president, give their opinions and comments as to how it has affected them and whether it’s positive or negative,” TRU board of directors chair Brian Ross said.

Ross also said that the board sees the review process as an opportunity to identify areas of improvement go­ing into the next five years.

“There are common issues that are going to be found, and that’s how you get to deal with them. Bring them out, talk about them, put them in a format that speaks to positive results and pos­itive change,” Ross said.

Survey results will be compiled and analyzed by the presidential review advisory committee. The committee will present their recommendations to the board in November with a final decision expected by Nov. 27.

Anyone who wants more infor­mation before taking the survey can access public documents, including monthly president’s reports, senate reports, board of governor’s minutes and financial documents on TRU’s website.