University Rector


Princeps Servusque Es

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"Princeps Servusque Es" (Be a leader and a servant) is the motto of the Office of the Rector, and truly embodies what the Rector strives to do for Queen's students.

Fall Convocation with form Rector Alex Da Silva, November 2018 (Photo by Garrett Elliott)So, you might be wondering: "What does the Rector do?" The position of Rector is one that is unique to Queen’s University and, as such, people often require clarification on the specific responsibilities of the person holding this position.

As the motto "Princeps Servusque Es" (Be a leader and a servant) would suggest, the office of the Rector exists for the purpose of serving the student body of Queen's University.

The Rector:

  • serves as the representative of all Queen’s University undergraduate and graduate students to the institution in matters pertaining to education.
  • acts to support and mentor student representation and to enhance the broader learning environment.
  • serves on university governing bodies, including the Board of Trustees and Senate, and on numerous committees.
  • voices student concerns and promotes educational excellence. 
  • acts as an advisor to and advocate for students in grievance procedures.
  • promotes scholarly dialogue amongst students – notably through public speaker forums on topical issues.
  • participates in many ceremonial functions, including convocations and conferring of awards.
  • serves a confidential support for all Queen's students, regardless of what students might be struggling with.