Committee of Election


Duties of the Chancellor

The Chancellor shall:

i) confer degrees at all convocation ceremonies of the University;

ii) be an advisor and counselor to the President;

iii) facilitate the administration's efforts to make the case for universities in government and other arenas;

iv) add to the ability of the University's senior officers to represent and respond to the diverse interests found among the University's students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends;

v) attend, to host or to speak, at a number of University and community events throughout the year;

vi) be an essential contributor to the good governance of the University. The Chancellor is a voting member of the Board of Governors and of the Senate. The Chancellor chairs the Chancellor's Committee, the Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees and the Peter D. Curry Chancellor's Award Selection Committee. The Chancellor is also a member of the Board of Governors' Executive Committee, the Finance, Administration and Human Resources Committee, the Governance and Nominating Committee, the Management Resources and Compensation Committee, and the Distinguished Service Award Committee; and

vii) lend support to the development initiatives of the University when called upon.

Qualities sought in the Chancellor

While each Chancellor will bring different qualities to the role, ideally the Chancellor will possess the following qualities:

i) ideally, the Chancellor will have an established relationship with the University and a strong connection to Manitoba;

ii) the Chancellor will demonstrate an unquestioned commitment to the University and will exemplify and symbolize the University by his/her conduct and the standards he/she sets;

iii) the Chancellor will have experience and contacts which add to those of the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors, the President and other members of the Executive Team;

iv) the Chancellor will have experience serving on governing boards;

v) the Chancellor will be credible in fundraising campaigns and have connections and access to public and/or private funders. The Chancellor will have the respect of many of the corporate/foundation/special interest groups with which the University must cultivate and maintain relations; and

vi) the Chancellor will be an articulate and effective communicator, comfortable in a wide variety of public and private settings and across a diverse range of audiences.


(from the Chancellor Policy, formerly the Chancellor Bylaw)