Louie nominated for Chancellor

January 27, 2005, vol. 32, no. 2
By Diane Luckow

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The chair of the board of governors, Brandt Louie, has been nominated for the position of university chancellor.

Current chancellor Milton Wong, who served two consecutive three-year terms, must step down in June when his term expires.

The SFU alumni association unanimously chose to nominate Louie, who has been a member of the board since 2000 and currently chairs SFU's 40th anniversary fundraising campaign.

He has also been instrumental in creating a set of new entrance awards for undergraduate students in financial need who have a demonstrated commitment to volunteer activities.

Louie is president of H.Y. Louie and London Drugs and chairman and chief executive officer of London Drugs Ltd. He serves on several boards of companies and non-profit organizations, including the Royal Bank of Canada, the Duke University medical centre and the Neuroscience Canada foundation.

Commenting on Louie's nomination for the position of chancellor, President Michael Stevenson says, “I am delighted that Brandt Louie, who is already giving so generously of his time, energy and extraordinary talents on behalf of the university, is prepared to extend his efforts to this key role as SFU moves aggressively to meet the unique challenges and opportunities of this new century.”

SFU has issued an official call for nominations for the position of chancellor.

Elected by members of convocation, the chancellor is the chair of convocation, a member of senate and the board of governors and confers all degrees.

The chancellor often represents the university within the larger community, and is one of the university's chief ambassadors.

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