GUELPH, ON, March 6 /CNW/ - Pamela Wallin, one of the country's most
accomplished and esteemed journalists, diplomats and entrepreneurs, has been
named the next chancellor of the University of Guelph. She will be installed
during a ceremony in June.
"Pamela is an outstanding role model who has demonstrated the highest
levels of integrity and passion both in her career and in her volunteer
service," says U of G president Alastair Summerlee.
"Her reputation will bring additional lustre to the University through
her public stature and demeanour. She has demonstrated a commitment to public
service and has been recognized by educational and cultural organizations
throughout North America for her knowledge and expertise."
As chancellor, Wallin will preside at convocations, confer all university
degrees and act as an ambassador to graduates. She will also serve as the
University's senior volunteer and represent its interests to local, provincial
and federal governments.
"The University of Guelph has deservedly earned a reputation for quality
and excellence and I am thrilled, and truly honoured, to become Chancellor,"
"By doing so, I have the great good fortune to join a long and
distinguished list of Canadians who have served University of Guelph, its
students and the larger, greater purpose of education. It is a privilege and a
responsibility that I take very seriously."
Wallin will become the seventh person and the second woman to hold the
position since the University's founding in 1964. Lincoln Alexander, who has
been chancellor for an unprecedented 15 years has been named University
Chancellor Emeritus and will continue to serve the University of Guelph in
ceremonial roles including participating in some public events and
Wallin's career has spanned more than 30 years and several continents,
including numerous positions at CBC and CTV. She is currently the senior
adviser to the president of the Americas Society and the Council of the
Americas in New York. She recently completed a four-year term as consul
general of Canada in New York, having been appointed to the prestigious
position in 2002. She also serves on the boards of many Canadian corporations,
Wallin holds an honours degree in psychology and political science from
the University of Regina. She has received 13 honorary degrees, including an
honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Guelph in 2006. She has
also written three books, including Since You Asked, a best-selling memoir.
Guelph's former chancellors and their years of service are: Edmund Bovey,
past president of the Art Gallery of Ontario, 1989-1990; William Stewart,
former Ontario minister of agriculture, 1983-1989; Pauline McGibbon, former
Ontario lieutenant-governor, 1977-1983; Emmet Hall, former chief justice of
Saskatchewan and the Court of Appeal, 1971 - 1977; and George Drew, former
mayor of Guelph, Ontario premier and Canada high commissioner to the United
For further information: Lori Bona Hunt, U of G Communications and
Public Affairs, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53338