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A Chancellor for Trent:
The search is on

The Trent Senate has initiated a search for the next University chancellor.

The office of chancellor is a very public position at Trent, one where reputation and public stature come together in a representation of the University to the national community. Certain ceremonial functions are involved, such as conferring all degrees and diplomas at graduation each year, and there are many opportunities for each chancellor to be involved in the broader context of life at Trent.

"Each of our eight chancellors has made a great contribution to Trent in their own way, based on their particular expertise, reputation and interests," says Trent President Bonnie Patterson. "To a one, they have been prepared to have who they are in society be visibly supportive of our mission and evolution as a university. The chancellor - along with our graduates - is our best ambassador."

The Senate executive, through its nominating and governance sub-committee, sought input from the University community that helped develop a profile of characteristics desired in Trent’s ninth chancellor. Those findings were reported to the Senate and, at the last meeting, senators had the opportunity to provide any final thoughts on the profile. All members of the Trent community have now been invited to submit nominations of possible candidates. Nomination forms are available in Dianne Choate’s office, in the University Secretariat, and the deadline for nominations is November 11.

Typically between 20 and 30 names are submitted to the sub-committee for consideration, and it is hoped that a new chancellor will be announced by February or March, 2003.

Peter Gzowski served as Trent University’s eighth chancellor from July 1999 to January 2002. Illustrating the public role of the office of the chancellor, he made this comment while representing Trent: "From its human scale through its lack of pretension about its own remarkable achievements, and right up to its achingly lovely physical setting, Trent University is as special in the academic community as Canada itself in the wider world. Perhaps more than ever in our history, we need such institutions now, not only to enrich our understanding or our past, but to act as beacons for our future."

Posted October 9, 2002

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