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Governance & administration

The University of Victoria operates under the authority of the University Act. We are governed by a Board of Governors and a Senate.


The role of our executive, headed by the President, is to lead and manage the affairs of the university. We operate in accordance with the University Act and the policies established by the university.

Kevin Hall, PhD

Office of the President

Kevin Hall is the president of the University of Victoria. His five-year term began Nov. 1, 2020.


As the Chief Executive Officer of the university, the President provides overall leadership to the university. It is the President's responsibility to fulfill the vision and goals of the university.

The President directs the operation of the university. This includes its academic work, business affairs, alumni relations, government relations and engagement with the broader community.

Qwul’sih’yah’maht Robina Thomas, PhD

Associate Vice-President Indigenous


Qwul’sih’yah’maht Robina Thomas is the founding Associate Vice-President Indigenous (AVPI). The AVPI reports to the president and provides leadership and direction that furthers UVic's commitment to truth, respect and reconciliation as identified in our Strategic Framework and the Indigenous Plan.

Valerie Kuehne, PhD

Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost


The Vice-President Academic and Provost (VPAC) provides academic leadership to the university and leads UVic's integrated planning process. The VPAC office ensures outstanding experiences for students and fosters an environment of academic excellence and innovation.

The VPAC office is committed to:

  • integrating teaching, learning, research and civic engagement across disciplines
  • advancing research-inspired teaching in our classrooms
  • recruiting and retaining faculty of the highest national and international standards
  • ensuring excellence of academic programs
  • supporting rewarding career development for faculty, librarians and academic leaders
  • championing equity and diversity excellence across campus

Positions that report to the vice-president include 12 deans, the university librarian and the director of institutional planning.

Through three associate vice-presidents, the VPAC portfolio includes responsibility for the Office of the Registrar, Enrolment Services, Student Services, Campus Services, Athletics and Recreation, Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement, Co-operative Education and Career Services, Equity and Human Rights, and the Division of Learning, Teaching, Support and Innovation.

Lisa Kalynchuk, PhD

Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation


The Vice-President Research and Innovation (VPRI) promotes and facilitates research and creative activities at UVic. The VPRI:

  • develops and implements strategic plans to support a rich research environment
  • creates and oversees research policies and procedures that meet the highest ethical and regulatory standards
  • works with potential research funders to enhance available resources
  • promotes the mobilization of knowledge created through research for societal benefit
  • seeks to enhance the reputation of the university through the excellence of the research conducted by its faculty and students

Through two associate vice-presidents and four directors, the VPR portfolio includes responsibility for eleven Senate and Board approved research centres and institutes, the Office of Research Services, Animal Care Services, and the Research Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization unit.

Gayle Gorrill

Office of the Vice-President Finance and Operations


The Vice-President Finance and Operations (VPFO) is Chief Financial Officer at UVic.

The VPFO leads a large and varied portfolio that includes financial, human resources, computing and systems services, security and physical plant functions of the university.

Through department directors, the vice-president is responsible for:

  • the overall quality of services
  • meeting legal and reporting requirements within portfolio areas
  • deploying resources
  • planning improvements that enhance the university's ability to carry out its strategic plan

Chris Horbachewski

Office of the Vice-President External Relations


The external relations portfolio includes Alumni Relations, Government and Community Relations, University Communications + Marketing, Ceremonies and Events, and Giving to UVic.

Carrie Andersen

Office of the University Secretary


The Office of the University Secretary supports UVic’s good governance through the administration of our governing bodies and respective committees, which includes the Board of Governors, Senate, and the Foundations. The Office is also responsible for the oversight of the Equity and Human Rights Office, and institutional policy development.

Board of Governors

In accordance with the University Act, the Board of Governors is responsible for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the university. This fifteen-member body consists of the chancellor, the president, two elected faculty members, one elected staff member, two students elected from the university’s undergraduate or graduate student societies, and eight members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Current Board of Governors members


Under the University Act, the Senate is responsible for the academic governance of the university. This includes matters related to libraries, faculties, departments, courses of instruction, fellowships, scholarships, exhibitions, bursaries, prizes, admissions, student appeals and the granting of degrees (including honorary degrees, diplomas and certificates).

Current Senate members

University Chancellor

Shelagh Rogers, OC, became the University of Victoria’s 11th chancellor on January 1, 2015.

A veteran broadcast journalist, Ms. Rogers is currently the host and a producer of The Next Chapter, a CBC Radio program devoted to Canadian writing. She moved to BC in 2003 after 23 years working on cultural and current affairs radio programs with CBC. In 2011, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for promoting Canadian culture and for her volunteer work in the fields of mental health and adult literacy. Ms. Rogers holds honorary doctorates from the University of Western Ontario, Mount Allison University, Memorial University, Nipissing University and Vancouver Island University, Carleton University, Queen’s University, and the University of Manitoba.

Ms. Rogers has committed herself to working toward reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people from coast to coast. She was inducted as an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in June 2011. She proudly acknowledges her Métis and Scottish ancestry.

More information about the Chancellor

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