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President & Vice-Chancellor

Lakehead University
Canada (CA)
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jul 22, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
Employment Level
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Full Time
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THE ORGANIZATION Lakehead University

Dynamic, modern, and highly learner-centric, Lakehead University acknowledges its students as valued leaders of tomorrow, whose education and success are most paramount to the institution. Both campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia promise the total university experience: a blend of academic excellence and opportunity with a rich variety of social and recreational activities. Lakehead University is a leader in research and the proud host to 11 Canada Research Chairs and revolutionary facilities such as the world-renowned Paleo-DNA Laboratory and Biorefining Research Institute. 

For the third year in a row, Lakehead University was included in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. Lakehead is the highest ranked university in the world with under 10,000 students.

This ranking acknowledges Lakehead's commitment to delivering high quality programs, fostering excellence in research and scholarly work, and providing unique and transformative learning experiences that put our graduates on the path to success.

For further information on LU’s rankings and achievements please visit: Lakehead University Rankings & Achievements

Our Vision

To provide a transformative university experience that is far from ordinary.

Our Mission

To be recognized as an innovative comprehensive university that provides an education that is about how to think, not what to think.

Our Belief

We believe our students make Lakehead University different. We believe our students want an innovative comprehensive university where they have the highest chance of success. We believe our students have the passion and drive to realize their dreams and succeed. We believe our students want the intellectual freedom to pursue the unconventional. We believe in the diversity that comes from our students of many cultures and many nations. We believe our students are passionate about both their own individuality and their backgrounds, orientations and communities. We believe in our students.

To learn more, please visit the Lakehead University website.

THE LOCATION City of Thunder Bay

Land Acknowledgement

Lakehead University respectfully acknowledges its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Indigenous Peoples. Lakehead Thunder Bay is located on the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation, Signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850. Lakehead Orillia is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg. The Anishinaabeg include the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. Lakehead University acknowledges the history that many nations hold in the areas around our campuses, and is committed to a relationship with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples based on the principles of mutual trust, respect, reciprocity, and collaboration in the spirit of reconciliation.

THE OPPORTUNITY – President and Vice-Chancellor

Reporting to the Board of Governors, the successful President and Vice-Chancellor (President) at Lakehead University will serve as the leader of the institution and create a path forward to achieving its Vision, Mission, and Belief. Together with a talented and dedicated team of administrators, the President will shape and advance Lakehead University’s desire to grow, innovate, and forge lasting relationships. The following positions report directly to the President:

  • Provost and Vice-President Academic
  • Strategic Advisor to the President
  • Vice-President of Administration and Finance
  • Vice-President of Research and Innovation
  • Vice-President of External Relations
  • Principal, Orillia Campus
  • General Counsel and University Secretary
  • Chief of Staff
  • Chair, Truth and Reconciliation

The President serves as the Chief Executive Officer, the Chair of the Senate, and serves as a member of the Board of Governors and Ogimaawin Indigenous Education Council (OIEC). Based in Thunder Bay, the successful candidate will promote Lakehead University by maintaining and developing mutually rewarding relationships with all its constituents in Northwestern Ontario, Simcoe County, the province of Ontario, nationally and internationally. By providing academic and administrative leadership throughout the University, the President will continue to foster Lakehead’s abilities and reputation in teaching, research, and community outreach.

For a comprehensive Opportunity Profile visit:

For more information please contact:

Ardyce Kouri or Wendy Romanko

Leaders International




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