Presidential Transition

Bold vision defines University of Alberta's future

The University of Alberta, one of Canada's most highly respected research universities, has named its 13th president and vice-chancellor.  

The university's daring and innovative spirit inspires faculty and students to advance knowledge through research, seek innovation in teaching and learning, and find new ways to uphold the university's promise of "uplifting the whole people" in Alberta, across Canada, and throughout the world. Its Board of Governors has declared that it will compete with the best public research and teaching intensive universities in the world.  With 39,000 students, 2,100 faculty, 6,200 staff and more than 260,000 alumni around the world, the University of Alberta is a bold, creative community, guided by its vision to inspire the human spirit through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery, and citizenship in a creative community, building one of the world’s great universities for the public good. 


July 1, 2015

New president and vice-chancellor takes office.

November 14

David H. Turpin named University of Alberta's next president

November 13

On Friday, November 14, the U of A will announce our next president at a special ceremony at Convocation Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend or you can watch online.

October – November, 2014

Candidate assessment and deliberations. Candidate recommended to the board for consideration. Board of Governors approves successful candidate.

May–September 2014

Advertising and engagement regarding the presidential search. Assessment of candidates by the Advisory Search Committee for President.

April – May 2014

Stakeholders and community consulted about the position profile.

March 18, 2014

Board Chair launches Advisory Search Committee for President. Announcement that Perrett Laver is the successful executive search firm.

March 14, 2014

Board of Governors approves the guidelines and procedures for the Advisory Search Committee for President.

March 14, 2014

President Samarasekera announces she will not seek a third term and advises that she will conclude her presidency on June 30, 2015.