Hazel McCallion

Hazel McCallion named as Inaugural Chancellor of Sheridan

Feb 24, 2016

Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, Sheridan President and Vice Chancellor, today announced the appointment of former Mississauga Mayor, Hazel McCallion, as the institution’s inaugural Chancellor. The announcement took place at Sheridan’s Davis Campus in Brampton, Ontario, and was attended by local and regional dignitaries, including Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, and Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga-Brampton South.

As Chancellor, Ms. McCallion will serve as ceremonial leader of the institution, and will preside over Sheridan’s annual Convocation ceremonies.  She will be formally installed as Chancellor prior to the first Convocation ceremony scheduled to take place in June, 2016.  The Chancellor is a voluntary, unpaid role, with a term of three years.

“We are proud to honour Hazel McCallion by naming her as Sheridan’s inaugural Chancellor,” said Dr. Zabudsky.  “She has long been an advocate for us in Mississauga, and she continues her support for us as Honorary Chair of our Get Creative Campaign Advisory Committee.  We can think of no one better suited for this role, and no better ambassador for our institution.”

"I look forward to helping put Sheridan College even more prominently on the world map," said Ms. McCallion. "It's the most progressive postsecondary institution in Canada and I'm proud to be its inaugural Chancellor."

The appointment of a Chancellor is also a milestone in Sheridan’s journey to become a university – a vision it formally adopted in 2011.  Since that time, Sheridan has implemented a new governance model with the establishment of the Senate, a body with authority over academic decision-making.  The Chancellor is another feature of this governance model, which aligns with the model commonly in place at Canadian universities. 

Hazel McCallion with guests at the Chancellor announcement

Left to right (front row): Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, MPP Amrit Mangat, Chancellor-designate Hazel McCallion, Chair of Sheridan's Board of Governors Bryan Dawson, Mayor Linda Jeffrey and board member Princess Alexander

Packed house for the Chancellor announcement at Sheridan's Davis Campus

Chancellor-designate Hazel McCallion addressing the audience at the announcement at Davis Campus.

Sheridan President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Jeff Zabudsky announced Sheridan’s inaugural Chancellor, Hazel McCallion.

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