Seeking our next Chancellor

The University of Calgary is seeking its next Chancellor. If you’re passionate about advanced education, research and innovation, you can help us tell our story.  

Play an integral role in our bold, vibrant community. 

Connector. Ambassador. Champion.  

A prominent supporter and advocate, the Chancellor works closely with UCalgary leadership to advance the university, driving innovation and economic growth in Calgary.   

Holding a senior volunteer role, the Chancellor is selected by the University Senate. They preside over convocation and confer degrees on our next generation of leaders, serve as a member of the Board of Governors and participate in activities that deepen our connection to our Calgary community.   

The ideal candidate will demonstrate integrity, reflect our diverse community, and have an inclusive mindset. They will be an enthusiastic driver of growth as we build a new vision for post-secondary education.   

This is a four-year term starting in July 2022. Search closes February 28, 2022. Apply today. 


The Chancellor presides over all degree-conferring ceremonies of the university, including the presentation of Honorary Degrees and Order of the University of Calgary. The University of Calgary holds two Convocation ceremonies in the fall, and eight in the spring. The Chancellor grants an Honorary Degree on a person, on the authorization of the Senate. Selection of recipients to be granted an Honorary Degree or an Order of the University of Calgary is done by the Chancellor, in conjunction with the President and Vice-Chancellor.


The Chancellor acts as the Chair of the University Senate. The Senate, in alignment with the university’s Eyes High strategy, promotes the university’s reputation and priorities, builds long-term support and enriches productive community relationships to foster positive relations in the communities we lead and serve.

Board of Governors

The Chancellor serves as a member of the Governors of the University of Calgary. The Board of Governors oversees the management and operation of the university’s business and affairs. The Board oversees the development of the overarching strategic direction and policy framework for the university, ensures that the university’s activities are consistent with its mandate, oversees the efficient and effective use of financial and human resources to meet institutional objectives, and ensures that institutional risk is appropriately managed.

What does it mean to be UCalgary’s Chancellor?

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The Chancellor engages with students, including the Chancellor’s Scholars, Senate Service Award recipients and student members on Senate. The Chancellor mentors students during their degree program and celebrates with them in conferring their degree at Convocation.

UCalgary Convocation

Chancellor’s Circle

The Chancellor leads the prestigious Chancellor’s Circle, which raises funds for student scholarships and bursaries. The Chancellor’s Circle members meet during the year for special events.

Graduation Powwow

Community Engagement

The Chancellor participates in activities that advance the university’s interests, agreed to by the Chancellor, the President and Vice-Chancellor and the Vice-President (Advancement).

UCalgary Honorary Degrees

Honorary Degrees

The Chancellor may grant, on the authorization of the Senate, an Honorary Degree on a person. Selection of recipients is done in conjunction with the President and Vice-Chancellor.

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The Chancellor participates in development activities, such as Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High for the university, as agreed to by the Chancellor and President and Vice-Chancellor.

UCalgary Senate

Learn about the role of the Chancellor, the skills and qualities we are seeking, as well as the time commitment of this role.  

Explore the University Senate and its bylaws, the current members of Senate, and the recent focus of the Senate, through the 2019-2023 Senate Strategic Plan.

Executive Leadership Team

President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Ed McCauley is the Chief Executive Officer of the university, providing institutional leadership and oversight, developing and driving our mission, strategies and advancement, and acting as our chief advocate, principal ambassador and principal voice.  

Learn more about UCalgary’s Executive Leadership Team, strategies and progress toward our ambitious Eyes High vision.  

Chancellor Recruitment Process

The current Chancellor will complete her term June 30, 2022 and cannot be reappointed (as per the Post-Secondary Learning Act). The Chancellor Search Committee (CSC) has been tasked by the UCalgary Senate to conduct an open, transparent search for a new Chancellor. The role of the committee is to solicit submissions, evaluate candidates and recommend one candidate to the Senate.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.  

The submission and review process will be treated as strictly confidential.

The application form on this page, including uploading all required documents, much be completed no later than 5 p.m. on February 28, 2022. Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged by email. This application is open to all, UCalgary encourages candidates from all backgrounds. If you need accommodation in any area of this application process, please contact us at

Those selected for an interview will be contacted in mid-March. References will be requested from shortlisted candidates.

Final candidates will be asked to meet with the University of Calgary President, as well as the Chair of the Board of Governors.

The Chancellor Search Committee will identify their final candidate and submit a recommendation to Senate.

The Senate will select the chancellor. All candidates will be notified of the final selection.

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UCalgary’s strategic vision

The University of Calgary is a global intellectual hub located in Canada’s most entrepreneurial city. In this spirited, high-quality learning environment, students will thrive in programs made rich by future-focused program delivery, community partnerships and transdisciplinary scholarship. By 2022, we will be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, fully engaging the communities we both serve and lead.

UCalgary’s Eyes High Strategy