Desired Attributes of the Chancellor

An important part of the Chancellor search process is determining the desired attributes for the Chancellor and ensuring they align with the university’s values and priorities. 

The Advisory Committee to the Principal reviewed all feedback received during the public consultation period and the final desired attributes are posted below.


1. A deep commitment to the role of Chancellor and passion for Queen’s University, with the capacity to fulfill the role in a meaningful way.

2. A demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism; the indigenization and decolonization of Queen’s campus; alignment with and participation in reconciliation; and the ability to form meaningful relationships with diverse populations, including Queen’s students.

3. The ability to steward Queen’s toward the achievement of its environmental sustainability commitments and goals.

4. A background responsive to Queen’s contemporary challenges, including the articulation of Queen’s global purpose, attending to the quality of the Queen’s community, and designing, engaging, and building partnerships for impact.

5. Access to a number of networks that align with Queen’s strategic priorities and goals.

6. The good judgment required to fulfill the role’s core functions:

  • Active member of the Board of Trustees and its committees
  • Chair of University Council
  • Chair of the Committee to Select/Review the Principal
  • Preside at Convocation

7. Demonstrated character traits of leadership, diplomacy, moral and ethical integrity, and humility.

8. Knowledge of the provincial and national academic communities.

9. Appreciation for the research and teaching mission of the university.

10. Esteemed nationally, internationally, and within the university.


Resource Materials

The links below, as they relate to the desired attributes list, are provided for context and information.