Sarah Morgan-Silvester has been reappointed for a second three-year term as Chancellor of the University of British Columbia.
Morgan-Silvester was first appointed in April 2008; her next term will begin July 1, 2011 and end June 30, 2014.
The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of the university. Morgan-Silvester will confer all degrees and will continue to serve on both the Senate, responsible for the university’s academic governance, and the Board of Governors, responsible for managing the property, revenue and business and affairs of the university.
“Ms. Morgan-Silvester has been an outstanding leader and ambassador for UBC over the past three years,” said UBC President Stephen Toope. “I look forward to working with her during the next three years as the university continues to create an exceptional learning environment and support outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.”
As required by the University Act, the university Chancellor is recommended by the UBC Alumni Association and members of the university’s Council of Senates. The UBC Board of Governors must approve the recommendation.
“Throughout her first term as Chancellor, Ms. Morgan-Silvester has been committed to UBC and has brought fresh perspectives and ideas to the university,” said Alumni Association Chair Miranda Lam, who also chaired the committee to consider Morgan-Silvester’s reappointment. “There was overwhelming support for her reappointment.”
“Ms. Morgan-Silvester’s reappointment is a recognition by the UBC community of the excellent job she has done in representing the university,” said Bill Levine, Chair of the UBC Board of Governors.
Morgan-Silvester graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1982. She has had extensive experience in the financial services and transportation sectors. She is a leading community volunteer with a background in education, health, environmental and economic organizations. She is currently chair of Port Metro Vancouver and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation, and a director of a number of other corporate and not-for-profit boards.
The Chancellor has been recognized for her contributions to society with a number of awards including the Association of Women in Finance Lifetime Achievement Award, Influential Women in Business Award, and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award.