Chancellor Jim Leech began his term as Queen’s University’s 14th Chancellor on July 1, 2014 and his term was extended for an additional year on April 25, 2019. His term is scheduled to conclude on June 30, 2021.
Queen's will begin the search for its next Chancellor in Fall 2021. Please refer to the key dates for more information.
The Chancellor is the ceremonial head and highest officer of the University. Traditionally, those who have been chosen to fill this position have shown a deep interest in the welfare of the University and have represented the values of the University. They have had a national presence, been able to represent the University's interests anywhere in the world and acted as important points of contact with major donors and as goodwill ambassadors across a spectrum of activities. The Chancellor participates in a variety of university ceremonies, as well as student and alumni events. Queen's Chancellors have also shown an interest in the individual student at the time of laureation. The duties, especially in relation to convocations, require that the Chancellor have a good deal of physical energy.
Chancellors of Queen's University
1887-1879 The Reverend John Cook
1880-1915 Sir Sandford Fleming
1915-1918 James Douglas
1919-1923 Sir Edward Beatty
1924-1929 Sir Robert Laird Borden
1929-1939 James Armstrong Richardson
1940-1958 The Honourable Charles Avery Dunning
1960-1973 John Bertram Stirling
1973-1980 The Right Honourable Roland Michener
1980-1996 Dr. Agnes McCausland Benidickson
1996-2002 The Honourable Peter Lougheed
2002-2008 A. Charles Baillie
2008-2014 David Dodge
2014-2021 James Leech