Sprott’s Jerry Tomberlin becomes interim provost as Runte, Ricketts depart

Jerry Tomberlin
Jerry Tomberlin will assume the interim provost role for Carleton University. File photo, 2013.

The dean of the Sprott School of Business is leaving the position he has held for nearly a decade to take on a new role to help smooth out the executive shake-up at Carleton University.

The Carleton Board of Governors approved Jerry Tomberlin’s appointment to the role of interim provost, effective July 1. He will serve in the role for two years.

In a note sent to Sprott staff and faculty, Mr. Tomberlin expressed mixed emotions about leaving the role he first assumed in 2008, though he did note that the school was already preparing a search for a new dean. He added that the search will continue, with announcements about an interim dean and new management team for the coming academic year expected in the near future.

In his note, Mr. Tomberlin says his interim provost role is meant to aid in the transitions of Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte and Provost Peter Ricketts. Ms. Runte will begin a new role as CEO and president of the Canada Foundation for Innovation in the summer, while Mr. Ricketts will begin his tenure as president of Nova Scotia’s Acadia University.

Carleton has begun the process to find a new president, issuing a request for proposals to executive search firms for assistance in finding a replacement for Ms. Runte. In a release, the school says it expects this process to take between 12 and 18 months.

Mr. Tomberlin’s academic career has been highly distinguished to this point. He has held a variety of positions, including chair of the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans and dean of the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal. He remains a board member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

As a consultant, Mr. Tomberlin has advised companies such as NASA, General Motors and the Royal Bank of Canada.