Nomination of Chancellor

The University of Alberta Senate Elected Peggy Garritty as the 22nd Chancellor on March 6, 2020. Learn more here.

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.

Chancellor Stollery presiding over Convocation

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.

The Chancellor Garritty was installed on June 18, 2020 and will serve a four-year, non-renewable term as ceremonial head of the university.

"It is a real honour to serve as Chancellor. Every day, I am inspired by our remarkable students, faculty, staff, and alumni who together have built one of the world's great universities."

~Chancellor Emeritus Douglas Stollery~

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

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.

Chancellor Nomination and Election Process

The current Chancellor will complete his term in June 2020 and cannot be reappointed as per the Post-Secondary Learning Act of Alberta.

The 2019-2020 Nomination of Chancellor Committee has been tasked by the University of Alberta Senate to invite nominations, evaluate candidates, and present 2 to 3 nominees to the full Senate. Senate will elect the 22nd Chancellor in March 2020.

The nomination, review, and election process will be treated as strictly confidential.

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

2020 nomination forms are still available here for reference purposes only
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.

University of Alberta, looking east

About the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta is one of Canada's top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering and health sciences.

The University of Alberta has 18 faculties on five campuses-four in Edmonton, one in Camrose. North Campus has 150 buildings covering 50 city blocks nestled on the edge of the North Saskatchewan River. Campus Saint-Jean is a French-language campus, a one-of-a kind gem in the heart of Edmonton's francophone community. Augustana is a historic campus in a vibrant rural community with an intimate residential learning environment. South Campus contains extensive land for agricultural research and is home to several recreational facilities. Enterprise Square forms a hub in Edmonton's downtown for learners at all stages of life and for entrepreneurs creating businesses out of new research.

The U of A is one of the world's top research universities-fourth in Canada and eighty-first in the world for research impact. From making discoveries that answer fundamental questions to building new businesses and industries, to improving human health and fostering social change, our researchers are at the forefront of advancing knowledge for the benefit of all.

To inspire the human spirit through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship in a creative community, building one of the world's great universities for the public good.

Within a vibrant and supportive learning environment, the University of Alberta discovers, disseminates, and applies new knowledge for the benefit of society through teaching and learning, research and creative activity, community involvement, and partnerships. The University of Alberta gives a national and international voice to innovation in our province, taking a lead role in placing Canada at the global forefront.

The University of Alberta community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni rely on shared, deeply held values that guide behaviour and actions. These values are drawn from the principles on which the University of Alberta was founded in 1908 and reflect a dynamic, modern institution of higher learning, leading change nationally and internationally.

Above all, we value intellectual integrity, freedom of inquiry and expression, and the equality and dignity of all persons as the foundation of ethical conduct in research, teaching, learning, and service.

We value excellence in teaching, research, and creative activity that enriches learning experiences, advances knowledge, inspires engaged citizenship, and promotes the public good.

We value learners at all stages of life and strive to provide an intellectually rewarding educational environment for all.

We value academic freedom and institutional autonomy as fundamental to open inquiry and the pursuit of truth.

We value diversity, inclusivity, and equity across and among our people, campuses, and disciplines.

We value creativity and innovation from the genesis of ideas through to the dissemination of knowledge.

We value the history and traditions of our university, celebrating with pride our people, achievements, and contributions to society.

Past Chancellors

2020 Chancellor Nomination Form - WORD

2020 Chancellor Nomination Form - PDF