Chancellor

About the Chancellor

Under the University of Guelph Act (1964) the Senate is responsible for the election of the Chancellor. The Chancellor, subject to the will of the Senate, holds office for three years (renewable) and remains until his/her successor is elected. 

The Chancellor is the titular head of the University, and confers all degrees. The Chancellor is an ex-officio voting member of the Senate and the Board of Governors. 

The current and ninth Chancellor of the University of Guelph is Chancellor Martha Billes.

Request for your Input

According to the regulations, the Selection Committee will develop its own procedures for the conduct of the search, but will:

  • consult widely within the university community as to the desirable characteristics of a chancellor
  • encourage and solicit suggestions from the university community for possible candidates
  • receive and review information on suggested candidates

Members of the University Community were invited to submit their suggestions for possible canidates for University Chancellor  by January 3, 2017. 

The Selection Committee expresses their deep thanks to the university community for their suggestions of possible candidates for the role of Chancellor.

 

Position Profile for the Chancellor – University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is a leading comprehensive university. Its students, faculty and staff pursue active inquiry and exercise creativity across a range of disciplines, including physical and life sciences, business, arts and humanities, and social, agricultural and veterinary sciences. Research-intensive and learner-centred, U of G has campuses in Guelph and Ridgetown, and is a partner in the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto. It is known for excellence in the arts and sciences, and for its commitment to developing exceptional thinkers and engaged citizens. As a Canadian leader, the University is heeding the call to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to increase access to post-secondary education for Aboriginal people. Having established itself as Canada’s Food University, U of G puts knowledge into action and develops the whole student.

Role and Responsibilities of the Chancellor

The Chancellor, with the President and the Chair and Vice-Chair(s) of the Board of Governors, represents the University to the external community.

The position is voluntary and, by agreeing to serve, the Chancellor is committing to a role of significant public service. 

Desirable Characteristics for the next Chancellor, as suggested by the University of Guelph community:

  • A strong advocate, champion, and ambassador for the University of Guelph who, by virtue of reputation and experience, is able to assist with fund and friend-raising both nationally and internationally
  • Willing to promote and further the University’s goals, directions, and values as expressed in the themes of the University’s Strategic Framework
  • Strong relationship-building skills, with connections to networks locally, provincially, and federally; understands the larger context in which the modern university operates
  • Demonstrates energy and stamina; willing to spend time supporting the University; a student-friendly presence who understands the value of the student experience at the University
  • Understands and supports the University’s role in contributing to the public good
  • Understands, respects, and values the University experience as transformative
  • Demonstrated record of excellence both in his/her chosen field and in service to the community
  • Strong public presence and profile; good communicator
  • A person of integrity; well-respected
  • Demonstrates a commitment to inclusiveness, diversity, and equity

Statutory Requirements from the University of Guelph Act, 1964

  • The Chancellor is the titular head of the University, and confers all degrees
  • The Chancellor is an ex-officio voting member of the Senate and the Board of Governors
  • Under the Act, the Senate is responsible for the election of the Chancellor. The Chancellor, subject to the will of the Senate, holds office for three years (renewable) and until his/ her successor is elected.

 

Guiding Documents