Nomination of Chancellor

Chancellor Garritty Installation

The University of Alberta Senate Elected Peggy Garritty as the 22nd Chancellor on March 6, 2020. Chancellor Garritty was installed on June 18, 2020 and will serve a four-year, non-renewable term as ceremonial head of the university.

Once every four years, University of Alberta Senators elect a Chancellor to chair the Senate, serve on the Board of Governors, represent the university at ceremonial occasions, preside over all degree-conferring ceremonies, and represent the public interest in the university.

Ambassador. Connector. Leader.

The Chancellor works closely with University of Alberta leadership to champion the university's values and advance the university's vision and mission. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated integrity in all aspects of life, a deep and abiding interest in public education, and a history of respected leadership in the community.

Learn more about the Chancellor's responsibilities and position profile, including the volunteer time commitment and the attributes we sought in 2020 here.

Past Chancellors

The Senate

The Chancellor chairs the Senate of the University of Alberta, an independent body of diverse community leaders and university representatives that fosters and celebrates the achievements of the university.

Senate Strategic Plan 2021-2025

Chancellor Nomination and Election Process

The current Chancellor will complete her term in June 2024 and cannot be reappointed as per the Post-Secondary Learning Act of Alberta.

For More Information About the Nomination of Chancellor Process, please contact the Senate Director.

Nominations for the 22nd Chancellor of the University of Alberta are now CLOSED

2020 nomination forms are still available here for reference purposes only along with the follwing information about the 2020 process
The following will constitute a complete nomination package:
  1. A completed and signed nomination form and consent form
  2. A letter outlining the nominee's interest in the Chancellorship
  3. Biographical summary, résumé and/or CV (including educational background, career summary and other accomplishments, and community leadership and volunteer experiences)
  4. Three letters of reference, including one from the nominator

A nominee's letter of interest should include:

  • Interest in post-secondary education
  • Thoughts on representing the public interest in the University of Alberta
  • Goals, aspirations and potential contributions during term as Chancellor
  • Perspective on challenges and opportunities for the University over the next four years

Letters of reference should illustrate the suitability of the nominee for the role of Chancellor, including the extent to which the nominee meets the criteria in the position profile for 2020-2024. Please outline roles in which the nominee excels; accomplishments outside of the nominee's profession, including community involvement and leadership experiences; appointments based on the nominee's individual merit and personal commitment; and qualities that make the nominee inspirational.


Step 1 - Nominations must be sent to the Office of the Chancellor and Senate by mail or email no later than 12 pm MST on December 6, 2019. Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged by email. The Senate welcomes and encourages candidates from all backgrounds.
Step 2 - Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by January 10, 2020. These candidates must be available for an in-person interview with the Nomination of Chancellor Joint Committee between February 1 and 3, 2020. References will be required from shortlisted candidates invited to the interviews.
Step 3 - Candidates may be asked to participate in a follow-up interview. Candidates will need to be available the week of February 3 to 7, 2020 for this possibility.
Step 4 - The Nomination of Chancellor Committee will identify their final 2 to 3 nominees to recommend to Senate.
Step 5 - Final nominees must be available for a presentation and interview with full Senate on March 6, 2020. The Senate will elect on March 6, 2020 and the successful nominee will be named Chancellor-Elect.
Step 6 - All other nominees will be notified of the results by the Committee Chair.
Step 7 - The Chancellor-Elect will be installed as the 22nd Chancellor of the University of Alberta at the final ceremony of Spring Convocation on June 18, 2020.

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