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 for the full term of his/her office.

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.

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 and the Senates;
  • act as the Chair of the Convocation; and,
  • represent the University at such events as shall be deemed appropriate by the Chancellor in consultation with the University Administration