Chancellor nominations open

Western is seeking nominations from the university community as the search begins for the institution’s 22nd chancellor in its 137-year history, the University Secretariat’s office announced today. Western’s Board of Governors and Senate have established an Electoral Board to select the next chancellor.

The chancellor serves as the honorary and symbolic head of the university. The term of office is four years (non-renewable). Official duties include, presiding at Convocation ceremonies during two weeks in mid-June, and two days in mid-October – each year – to admit candidates to degrees, diplomas and certificates. The chancellor is an ex officio, voting member of the Board and Senate, as well as certain committees of both bodies.

To be eligible, a nominee must be a Canadian citizen, and may not be a member of the governing body, faculty, staff or student body, of any degree-granting institution.

All members of the university community are invited to submit nominations, in writing, by email to; fax to 519-661-3588; or mail to Electoral Board for Chancellor, c/o University Secretariat, Rm. 4101, Stevenson Hall, Western University, London, ON N6A 5B8. All nominations must be accompanied by biographical information about the nominee.

Deadline is June 19.

The nominating process is confidential and candidates should not be informed that they are being nominated.

The next chancellor will succeed Joseph Rotman, who served the university in the position since 2012. Rotman died on Jan. 27. John Thompson, Western’s 20th Chancellor, and Amit Chakma, Western President and Vice-Chancellor, will fill the Chancellor role for June Convocation ceremonies.