Queen’s begins search for new Chancellor

Jim Leech to finish his term on June 30, 2021

An advisory committee is heading the search for Queen’s 15th Chancellor.

With Jim Leech’s term as Chancellor coming to a close next year, the search for his replacement is underway.

An advisory committee is heading the search for Queen’s 15th Chancellor. After finding and evaluating possible candidates, the committee will recommend a new Chancellor to Principal Patrick Deane. 

“The Chancellor serves as the ceremonial head and highest officer of the university,” Deane said in a press release. “Those selected for this office do so as representatives of the institution’s values and thus, must demonstrate a deep commitment to the welfare and success of Queen’s.”

At a special meeting in January, Deane will present the committee’s recommendation to the University Council. The Council will make the final decision regarding the new Chancellor, and the choice will be announced afterwards.

Leech is scheduled to complete his second term as Chancellor on June 30, 2021, after seven years in the role. The new candidate will start their term on July 1.

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The advisory committee will meet throughout the year to conduct its search. The committee is chaired by Principal Deane and represents different University groups.

The voting members of the committee include the Chair of the Board of Trustees, the Rector, a Council trustee, two University councillors, a faculty senator, a staff senator, a board member of the Queen’s University Alumni Association, and a Queen’s benefactor. 

Members of the committee who cannot vote are the University Secretary, the Associate University Secretary, the Vice-Principal (Advancement), the Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion), the Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation), and the Senior Advisor and Executive Director of the Office of the Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

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“Candidates who have been chosen to fill this position have a significant relationship with the university and represent its values, with a national presence that best represents the university’s interests anywhere in the world,” the University wrote in the press release.

The Chancellor has a position on the University Council, the Board of Trustees, and various associated committees.  

This position also entails heading convocation, working with Queen’s alumni, helping select the University’s principal, conferring degrees, and sitting on the Senate committee that determines the bestowing of honorary degrees.

“[Chancellors] serve as an important point of contact with major donors and act as goodwill ambassadors, and they participate in a variety of student and alumni events, ceremonies, and convocations.”


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