Chancellor

Call for Nominations

Concordia University of Edmonton welcomes nominations for its next Chancellor.

The Chancellor is the titular head of the university, representing the public interest in Concordia University of Edmonton, accepting invitations to speak or attend functions on behalf of Concordia, advocating for the mission and vision of the University and representing the University to the external community.  The Chancellor confers all degrees, presides over the Convocation ceremony, is a member of the Board of Governors, and sits ex-officio on Committees of the Board of Governors.  The Chancellor will hold office for a term of four (4) years, and is not eligible for re-election as a Chancellor.

To be considered for the position of Chancellor, a person shall:

  • Have a record of outstanding achievement in his or her field.
  • Have stature within the university and the external community.
  • Be universally respected, with a strong public presence and profile.
  • Have the time, qualifications, characteristics and stamina necessary to fulfill the Chancellor’s duties at Convocation, as a member of the Board, and in other university and community settings.
  • Exhibit tact, diplomacy, good judgement, grace and integrity.
  • Reflect and be capable of promoting the mission and vision of the university.
  • Understand and act in accordance with the ceremonial aspects of the role.
  • Understand the importance of fundraising for the institution and be capable of facilitating it.
  • Know the University and its programs.
  • Be a passionate, articulate and effective communicator.
  • Be readily accessible to the university.

In approving candidates for Chancellor, the Committee strives for diversity of backgrounds, disciplines and spheres of contribution.  The Committee seeks those whose merit is extraordinary and not merely impressive.

A nomination must include:

  1. Nomination letter including detailed specification and documentation of the candidate’s distinctions and achievements;
  2. Name and contact information of the candidate;
  3. Up-to-date curriculum vitae; and
  4. Two letters of support for the candidate.

Applications will be reviewed by the Executive & Governance Committee and their selection is then recommended to the Board of Governors for approval.

Nominations are due to the University Secretary (Judy.Kruse@concordia.ab.ca) by December 16, 2016.             

The Hon. Allan Wachowich

The Honourable Allan Wachowich, Q.C., Hon. LL.D. is Concordia University of Edmonton’s first official serving Chancellor as chosen and appointed by the Board of Governors of the university. Acting as a voting member of the Board, he represents the public interest of the university, and presides over the annual convocation and conferring of all degrees. 

Born the seventh child to Polish immigrants, His Honour spent the first decade of his life living in rural Opal, Alberta and moved to Edmonton in 1944. “The motivation of my parents coming to Canada was to ensure that their children and grandchildren received an education,” he explains. 

After graduating from St. Joseph’s High School, where he played for the basketball team and served as class president, His Honour completed his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Alberta.

He was first admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1959, appointed a Judge of the District Court of Alberta in 1974, before becoming Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in 1979. His Honour acted as Alberta’s Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench, starting in 2000 and tendered his resignation officially on October 1, 2009. Most recently, he received an honourary doctorate degree (LL.D.), from the University of Alberta in 2012.

Throughout his judicial career, His Honour dealt with most areas of law and received multiple recognitions for his pro bono work. His numerous charity and community involvements include acting as Director for the Task Force on Community Safety, Arbitrator for the Canadian Football League and Chair of the Singer Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The Honourable Allan Wachowich currently lives in Edmonton, with his wife Elizabeth. He is a proud father of four and grandfather of eight.

The Chancellor can be contacted through the Office of the University Secretary.

Chancellor's Fund

The intention of the fund is to demonstrate support for the Chancellor's vision for Concordia. This fund will enable the Chancellor to make available financial support to address Concordia University of Edmonton's most compelling needs and to take advantage of unexpected opportunities.

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