Office of the President
In 1995, for the first time in the University of Alberta's history, three leading University positions were held by alumni: President Roderick D. Fraser, Chancellor Louis D. Hyndman, and Board of Governors Chair John T. Ferguson.
Until Rod Fraser was appointed University President (1995–2005), W. John McDonald served as acting President (1994–1995). Many resources, including the University of Alberta website, do not count the Acting Presidents in the historical numbering. For example, President Indira Samarasekera is identified as the University's twelfth and not its thirteenth President.
The President, who is also the Vice-Chancellor and the chief executive officer of the University of Alberta, is appointed by the Board of Governors. Once appointed, the President is an ex officio member of the Board of Governors, the Senate, and all Faculty councils. The President also chairs meetings of the General Faculties Council and the Deans' Council.
It is the President's responsibility to fulfill the vision and mission of the University of Alberta and to supervise and direct the operation of the University, including its business affairs, academic work, and instructional and ancillary staff, including all deans and librarians and the Registrar.
The President reports annually to the Board of Governors and the Senate on the academic work of the University. At this time, the President may make recommendations on any matter affecting the University.