University of Calgary

Board extends President’s term

January 29, 2007

The Board of Governors of the University of Calgary today announced a new agreement with President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Harvey Weingarten, extending his term to September 30, 2011.

Early in 2006 the University began seeking a wide diversity of input on the reappointment from a broad range of stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, government, community and business leaders.

“The response was overwhelmingly in support of extending Dr. Weingarten’s term,” said Brian MacNeill, Chairman of the Board of Governors.

The Board’s decision is based on this input and an assessment of the President’s performance in relation to the mandate and goals of the University, both current and future.

“On all of the key benchmarks, including the quality of our students, financial stewardship, fund development and community profile, the University has seen measurable and often remarkable progress. By any objective measure, Dr. Weingarten has been remarkably successful and we want to make sure we keep him,” said MacNeill.

In Dr. Weingarten’s first term the University received government funding for several major projects, including The Taylor Family Digital Library, the Health Research Innovation Centre and Bachelor of Health Science program, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Child Development Centre. The University has been approved to grow by almost 2,400 students (steady state) over the next four years, while the entry average of incoming students continues to rise.

“Under Dr. Weingarten, the University has emphasized the quality of the student experience, putting millions of dollars in new spending – including $5.2M given directly to students; the only program of its kind in the country  – on the priorities they have identified, while advancing our reputation as a research-intensive University,” added Board member Charlie Fischer, President  and CEO of Nexen Inc. “Given the University’s outstanding progress and the competition for leaders of Dr. Weingarten’s calibre, the Board is delighted that he has agreed to extend his term.”

The University is at a critical point in the execution of its $1.5B Five-Year Capital Growth and Student Enrolment Plan, he added. “We have a lot on the drawing boards with the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy, the Experiential Learning Centre and the Urban Campus.”

“My first five years at the University of Calgary have been memorable, in large part because of the efforts of all our faculty, staff and students to ensure we position the U of C at the forefront of learning and research nationally and internationally,” said Dr. Weingarten. “The progress we have made reflects their determination to see that the U of C is recognized for all that it has accomplished in its first 40 years. I’m very proud to serve this University and this community and look forward to future challenges and opportunities in the next five years. Calgary is a dynamic city with a great appreciation for the value of education. The U of C and Calgary will achieve great things together.”


  • Research funding has grown from $172M to $252M
  • U of C faculty rank in the Top 10 in Canada in national awards
  • External fundraising has grown from less than $20M annually to more than $80M
  • The University’s endowment has grown from $256M to $355M
  • The Schulich School of Engineering awards are the best of their kind in the country

A review of the President’s agreement is the norm at Canadian Universities at the conclusion of five years of service. As is the case with all employment contracts, details are confidential. Financial information is provided in the University’s annual report.

For more information:

Roman Cooney
Vice-President, External Relations