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MacEwan University begins the search for its first chancellor
The new role is a milestone in MacEwan's journey as an undergraduate university.

Chancellor search

MacEwan University is undertaking a search for its first chancellor—a volunteer who acts as the university’s ceremonial head and represents the public interests. MacEwan’s chancellor will work closely with university leadership to increase the institution’s profile and realize its vision.

While the chancellor has several official responsibilities, including presiding over all of the university’s credential-conferring ceremonies, a critical part of the role involves creating connections and relationships that support the institution’s strategic and philanthropic goals.

We like to think of this person as a friend, ambassador and sponsor—someone who shares our values and believes in our future.

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Selection process

The deadline to submit completed chancellor nomination packages is noon MST on February 15, 2021. MacEwan University’s Chancellor Joint Committee will review all nominations, compile a shortlist and extend meeting invitations to select candidates by the end of March. The Board of Governors will name a chancellor-elect on June 3 who will be officially installed at the Spring Convocation ceremony in June 2021.

Represent the university

In consultation with the president and vice-chancellor, and board chair, the chancellor may represent the university at events and ceremonial occasions, including alumni and development activities.

Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Governors

The chancellor will serve as a member of the Grant MacEwan University Board of Governors and participate in board meetings.

Preside at convocation ceremonies

The chancellor presides over all of the university's credential-conferring ceremonies and confers all degrees, diplomas and certificates, including honorary degrees and other awards.

MacEwan University’s first chancellor will be an extraordinary community leader and champion dedicated to further advancing MacEwan’s position as Edmonton's downtown university. A candidate for the role of chancellor must embody the following characteristics:

Committed to higher education

A community member who is passionate about and committed to public post-secondary undergraduate education. An understanding of and connection to MacEwan is an asset.

Collaborative leader

An inspiring leader who will use their political acumen, strong communication skills and ability to cultivate meaningful connections while engaging with the many diverse groups of people and organizations that MacEwan partners with and serves.

Strong values

An engaged and philanthropic individual whose values align with the university’s commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, appreciation of the transformative power of education and dedication to creating a positive culture that promotes inclusion.


A forward-looking leader whose entrepreneurial spirit will help define this new role.

The chancellor is a non-remunerated volunteer position with an average commitment of 25 days per year, most of which will occur from September to June.

  • Each chancellor serves for a period of four years and is not eligible for reappointment.
  • Candidates must be Canadian citizens or lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent residence.
  • As an ex-officio member of the Board of Governors, the successful candidate will be asked to disclose any conflicts of interest or conflicts of commitment.

Submit a nomination 

Submit a complete nomination package by noon MST on February 15, 2021, including:

  1. Letter of interest from the candidate.
  2. Biographical summary and/or resumé, including educational background, career summary, accomplishments, and community leadership and volunteer experiences.
  3. Two letters of support that illustrate the suitability of the nominee, the extent to which they meet the criteria in the attributes section, the roles in which they excel, qualities that make them inspirational and accomplishments outside their profession. Please include contact information for potential follow up.
  4. Nominee consent form (digital or hard copy).

All materials will be kept confidential. 

Submit by mail or email

Download and complete the nominee consent form and include it along with the other required documents as outlined in the list above. 

Submit by email to: chancellor@macewan.ca


Submit by mail to:

Chair, Chancellor Joint Committee
c/o Office of University Governance
MacEwan University
6-213F, 10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2


For additional information or assistance, please contact the Office of University Governance at chancellor@macewan.ca