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: Growing our student and faculty community

The Targeted Enrolment Growth initiative will expand enrolment at the U of A by over 2,000 students, bringing us closer to our goal of 50,000 by 2025.


From the President's Desk: 2022 State of the University address

Sharing a vision for the University of Alberta for tomorrow.


From the President's Desk: A time of transition

As the Winter 2022 semester comes to an end, President Flanagan invites the community to the State of the University address.

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