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About the Office of the President

The President

The President of the university provides leadership in all matters internal and external.

The President, according to the terms of the University of Waterloo Act, 1972, is to be appointed by the Board of Governors in such manner and for such term or terms as shall be determined, from time to time, by agreement of the Board of Governors and the Senate. The following positions report directly to the President of the university:

  • Vice-President, Academic & Provost
  • Vice-President, Administration & Finance
  • Vice-President, Advancement
  • Vice-President, University Relations
  • Vice-President, University Research
  • University Secretary

Read more about these roles.

Qualifications, duties and responsibilities

The President should be a person of academic stature with a proven record of leadership and administrative experience.

The President has responsibility for administering the affairs of the university, and shall act on behalf of the Board of Governors with respect to the operational management and control of the university. The President is responsible for overseeing and upholding policies and for maintaining the intellectual independence and integrity of the university by exercising academic leadership in both internal and external matters. In particular, the President should foster an environment which promotes excellence in teaching and research. As Chair of the Senate and member of the Board of Governors, the President has the responsibility to work with and advise these two bodies, which have ultimate authority over the university's affairs.

During a period of temporary absence, the President is empowered to delegate authority to the Vice President Academic & Provost or, if the Vice President Academic & Provost is not available, to one of the other senior academic officers of the university according to an order of precedence that shall be announced from time to time.

The Office of the President is located on the third floor of Needles Hall, Room 3073.