Presidential Search and Transition

Each year more than 8,500 students graduate from the University of Alberta.


Bold vision defines University of Alberta's future

The University of Alberta, one of Canada's most highly respected research universities, is seeking 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. 


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.

March 14, 2014

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

March 18, 2014

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

April – May 2014

Stakeholders and community consulted about the position profile.

May – September 2014

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

October – January 2015

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

July 1, 2015

New president and vice-chancellor takes office.