WHEN HE LEAVES THE UNIVERSITY CENTRE FARQUHAR AUDITORIUM sometime in the late afternoon of Nov. 12, Chancellor Ron Lou-Poy will have presided over his final convocation ceremony.
After six years, and more than 70 such ceremonies, Lou-Poy has conferred thousands of degrees, diplomas and certificates by authority of the UVic Senate.
The Victoria College graduate and UVic honorary degree holder is reluctant to say much about reaching the end of his term—“I’ve been a lawyer for too long”—preferring to divert the topic of discussion to anything but him.
A similarly unassuming individual will be inheriting the chancellor’s gown of purple corded silk.
Murray Farmer, BA ’68, was elected by a wide margin of convocation members in voting that closed in June. He’ll be formally sworn-in next spring.
The Victoria business and community leader says he looks forward to continuing his long involvement with UVic (most recently as chair of the board of governors) and to helping promote the university as the “intellectual and academic hub” of the Capital Region.
Because of a provincial amendment to the University Act, 2008 marks the last time alumni will vote for chancellor. Future appointments will be made by the university’s board of governors, based on a nomination received from the alumni association.
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