Chancellor Mahon re-elected to second term
The University of Manitoba has re-elected Anne Mahon [BScHEc/87] as Chancellor of the University for a second term beginning June 1, 2022. Ms. Mahon is a highly respected community activist, award-winning author, and philanthropist who has served as the 14th Chancellor of UM since June 2019.
“I am grateful for the privilege of serving the University as Chancellor. I look forward to continuing to engage with our wonderful students, faculty and staff,” an excited Chancellor Mahon said after the announcement of her re-election was made at a meeting of the Committee of Election.
This committee was established in The University of Manitoba Act for the sole purpose of electing a chancellor. Its membership consists of all members of the Board of Governors and of Senate, and is led by the Chair of the Board of Governors.
“Chancellor Mahon has been a strong advocate for student supports, especially throughout the pandemic, and she has served as a distinguished ambassador for the University of Manitoba,” says Laurel Hyde, Chair of the Board of Governors. “We are delighted that UM will continue to benefit from her leadership and guidance.”
Chancellor Mahon was officially installed at a ceremony on June 3, 2019, and has since been a passionate champion for the University, promoting the importance of the work undertaken by members of the UM community in all the venues in which she works.
Throughout the pandemic she has worked hard to maintain a strong sense of community, by, for example, hosting the UM Alumni Book Club, which brings together nearly 1000 alumni. She also Chaired the 2020 and 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Selection Panel, facilitating the deliberations and connecting personally with all the recipients.
She has made meaningful connections with students and faculty members across the University, and has found unique ways to celebrate and promote the work of our community.
Chancellor Mahon is deeply committed to the University’s priority of Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation, learning from University Elders and building strong relationships with members of the Indigenous community.
“Chancellor Anne Mahon has worked tirelessly during her first term as Chancellor, giving so much of her time and energy to supporting the mission of this university through the countless disruptions we faced these past two years,” said Michael Benarroch, UM’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “UM has greatly benefitted from her ability to build and foster connections and looks forward to the years ahead.”
The Chancellor of the University of Manitoba serves as the titular, or ceremonial, head of the University. In this volunteer role, the Chancellor confers all degrees at convocation, plays an important role in University Governance and serves as an ambassador for the University in the broader community.