Action Plan Objective 4: Culture Change

Role of the President

Role of the President

The president is appointed by the Board of Governors and is responsible for the overall supervision and direction of the operation of the institution.  The president is often considered to be the external, or “public”, face of the institution, working with government, partners and donors.

The president:

  • Builds and advances a vision for the University of Alberta as an exceptional institution 
  • Creates an atmosphere of academic excellence 
  • Furthers the reputation of the University of Alberta as a leader in teaching, research and community service
  • Builds a senior executive team committed to fulfilling the vision, goals and priorities necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability of the University
  • Promotes achievements of the university in order to gain support for its many endeavours 
  • Champions the initiatives set out in the University Strategic Plan 
  • Champions fundraising initiatives and campaigns to ensure the long-term financial viability 
  • Works with various orders of government and with councils and organizations involved in higher education at the provincial, national and international levels
  • Ensures the work of the various governing bodies, such as General Faculties Council, the Senate and the Board of Governors, is harmonized and focused on the achievement of the university vision
  • Reports to the Board of Governors on the performance of the university against the measures laid out in the University Strategic Plan