Role of the Chancellor

The Chancellor is the senior statesperson of the University and serves as the titular head of the University, presides over all major ceremonies, and is an ex officio member of the Board of Governors, the Senates, and the Council of Senates.

Election & Term

Consistent with section 11 of the University Act and with the University Amendment Act, the Board of Governors of The University of British Columbia appoints the Chancellor on nomination by alumni UBC and after consultation with the Council of Senates.   

The Chancellor holds office for three (3) years.  He or she is eligible for reappointment upon agreement of all the parties, but may not hold office for more than six (6) consecutive years.

In order to provide an efficient vehicle by which a candidate can be nominated by alumni UBC in consultation with the Council of Senates and other stakeholders, a Chancellor Search Committee is formed to seek and consider nominations for the office of Chancellor.  If the current Chancellor is eligible for reappointment, the Chancellor Search Committee will consider whether or not he or she should be reappointed.

The Chancellor Search Committee forwards the name or names of the nominee(s) to the Governance Committee for review and recommendation to the full Board of Governors for approval.

Duties & Responsibilities

The specific duties and responsibilities of the Chancellor are to:

  • Confer all University degrees
  • Participate in the governance of the University as a member of the Board of Governors
  • Act as the Chair of the Convocation
  • Represent the University at such events as shall be deemed appropriate by the Chancellor in consultation with the University Administration