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Date: May 16, 2008

Election Opens Tuesday For Next UVic Chancellor

Voting begins Tuesday, May 20, for the 10th chancellor of the University of Victoria in a month-long process that closes on Friday, June 20, at 4:30 p.m. (PDT).

Members of the University of Victoria convocation are eligible to cast ballots. Convocation members include graduates of UVic, faculty and retired faculty members, current and former members of the university board of governors and senate, and former Victoria College students who finished at least one year of study. There are over 85,000 convocation members, including 24,400 UVic alumni in the capital region and a further 5,870 on Vancouver Island.

Two candidates were nominated by members of convocation: retired cardiovascular-thoracic surgeon Jim Dutton and Murray Farmer, a business leader and UVic alumnus who chairs the UVic board of governors.

Voting will be conducted through the university’s secure online voting system, WebVote. Paper ballots are being mailed to eligible voters who do not have an e-mail address on file with the university.

Dutton served as chief of cardiac surgery and heart health for the Vancouver Island Health Authority. He practised in Victoria for 28 years after completing his surgical training at McGill University. He contributed to the programs of the School of Health Information Sciences at UVic and has been a lecturer and clinical advisor for the Island Medical Program.

Farmer graduated from UVic in 1968 and is a business leader and former chair of the Canadian Construction Association, known for his volunteer work with numerous community organizations and his service to UVic. Nominated by the UVic Alumni Association, he was the 2007 recipient of the association’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The new chancellor will start a three-year term on Jan. 1, 2009, and will succeed Chancellor Ronald Lou-Poy, who was first elected in 2003 and will have served the maximum term of six years. The chancellor is the titular head of the university, confers degrees, and serves on the board of governors and senate.

Along with the election of the chancellor, four vacancies on the university senate have been filled by acclamation by Kathleen Barnes, Betty Clazie, Larry Cross—all UVic alumni members—and Gail Flitton, retired communications specialist.
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