Bill Flanagan, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Alberta

President Flanagan leads the U of A as we embark on a new period of transformation.

About Bill Flanagan

Born and raised in Alberta, Bill joins the University of Alberta from Queen’s University, where he served as the dean of law for 14 years from 2005 to 2019. He holds a BA (English and Philosophy) from Carleton University, a JD from the University of Toronto, a DEA in International Economic Law from Université Paris I-Sorbonne, and an LLM from Columbia University. His scholarly work spans property law, corporate law and international trade law.

Under his leadership, the university is embarking on a major program of academic and administrative restructuring guided by the University of Alberta of Tomorrow proposal, his five-year vision for the university.

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President Bill Flanagan

In five years the University of Alberta will

Be better placed to deliver on its Vision & Mission.

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Make even greater contributions to the public good.

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Sustain its position as a top 100 global university.

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About U of A for Tomorrow

U of A for Tomorrow Updates


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From the President's Desk


From the President's Desk: September 23, 2021

President Flanagan covers public health measures, U of A for Tomorrow, and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in his update to the U of A community.


From the President's Desk: Celebrating Pride Month

The University of Alberta joins members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and allies worldwide in celebrating Pride Month.


From the President's Desk: Honouring National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month, a time for Canadians to honour the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.

Evergreen Pond and Circle found on South Campus