Ronald Lou-Poy Elected UVic Chancellor

Members of the University of Victoria convocation—including alumni and faculty—have elected Ronald Lou-Poy as the university’s ninth chancellor, succeeding Norma Mickelson.

Lou-Poy received 584 votes compared to 464 votes for Theatre Professor emeritus Juliana Saxton. Four members of the UVic Senate were also elected: Mark Bridge (728 votes), Kim McGowan (672); Cheryl Borris (662); and Vivian Muir (635). The three-year terms of the new chancellor and senators begin Jan. 1.

“I am very honoured, proud, and privileged,” says Lou-Poy. “I am looking forward to the challenge because Norma Mickelson was such a fantastic chancellor—you could feel she really cared about students, the faculty and the institution.”

A graduate of Victoria College, UVic’s forerunner, Lou-Poy is a senior partner in the Victoria law firm of Crease Harman & Company. He has had extensive involvement with the university and the broader community, including two terms on the UVic Board of Governors (1972-74 and 1992-95) and as an original director of the UVic Innovation and Development Corporation. The Lou-Poy family supported construction of the Harry Lou-Poy Infant and Toddler Child Care Centre at UVic, named for Ronald Lou-Poy’s father, and the family created the May and Ron Lou-Poy Fund of Excellence in the Faculty of Law.

Within the community, Lou-Poy has held various positions with the Kiwanis Club, the United Way, Victoria Crime Stoppers, and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. He is a Queen’s Counsel, an Honorary Citizen of Victoria, a recipient of the Community Service Award from the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch), and this year received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. Lou-Poy was granted an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from UVic in 2000.

Lou-Poy will be formally installed as chancellor June 3 during spring convocation ceremonies. The chancellor is the titular head of the university, is the chair of convocation, confers all degrees and is a member of the UVic Senate and Board of Governors.

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