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Chancellor

Chancellor Farmer

Murray Farmer was installed as Chancellor of the University of Victoria on June 15, 2009.  His term as Chancellor runs until December 31, 2014.

Murray Farmer graduated from the University of Victoria in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics. A registered quantity surveyor, he completed the Harvard Business School's owner/president executive education program. Mr. Farmer has long been a supporter of the university, and in 2007 was the recipient of the UVic Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement.   He was appointed to the UVic Board of Governors in 2002, serving as its chair from 2007 until his term ended in 2008. Elected to the position of chancellor by the convocation, his three-year term commenced January 1, 2009.

Mr. Farmer is the president of Farmer Industries Group Inc. and vice-president of Farmer Management Inc., Accent Inns, and Beckton Estates Inc. Farmer Industries Group is a family partnership established more than 50 years ago with interests in the construction, development and hospitality sectors. Mr. Farmer began his career with Farmer Construction Ltd. before forming Commercial Crane Ltd., which grew to become the largest privately held crane rental business in the province. Mr. Farmer served as a member of the board of governors of the Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia during the 1990s and as chair of the Canadian Construction Association, representing one of Canada's largest industry groups, from 2005-06.

Mr. Farmer has provided volunteer leadership for many local organizations, including the Victoria Foundation, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre Campaign, the Royal B.C. Museum, the B.C. Government House Foundation, the United Way of Greater Victoria, and the Royal Jubilee Hospital Foundation. In 2003, he was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal for community service and in 2005, he received the Generosity of Spirit Award, given on National Philanthropy Day to an individual who, by providing time, leadership and support, has made a difference in his or her community.

Reflecting his avid interest in horses, he and his wife Lynda are co-owners of an equestrian training facility for young people in Central Saanich and he is an active member of Victoria and Eldorado Polo Clubs.

Role of the Chancellor

The Chancellor is the titular head of the university and the chair of its convocation.  In addition to conferring  degrees and performing other ceremonial functions, he or she serves as a member of the Board of Governors and the Senate.  The chancellor serves ex officio on the Board’s Executive and Governance Committee, Finance Committee and Operations and Facilities Committee, and traditionally chairs the Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees and Other Forms of Recognition.  He or she is an ambassador for and a champion of the university.

Appointment of the Chancellor

In accordance with the University Act, the Chancellor is appointed by the Board of Governors on nomination by the Alumni Association and after consultation with the Senate.

At the University of Victoria, the Procedures for the Appointment of the Chancellor define the method by which the appointment or re-appointment of the Chancellor will be conducted by the Board of Governors.

Past Chancellors

Ronald Lou-Poy (2003-2008) Norma Mickelson (1997-2002)
Robert G. Rogers (1991-1996)* William C. Gibson (1985-1990)*
Ian McTaggart Cowan (1979-1984)* Robert T. Wallace (1973-1978)*
Roderick L. Haig-Brown (1970-1972)* Richard  B. Wilson (1967-1969)*
J.B. Clearihue (1964-1966)*

* Deceased

For more information regarding the Chancellor, please contact mmacneil@uvic.ca or 250-721-8103.

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