Richard W. Pound is McGill's seventeenth chancellor
The Board of Governors announced on January 25 that it has selected Mr Richard W. Pound, O.C., O.Q., Q.C., LL.D., as the seventeenth Chancellor of McGill University.
The McGill University Board of Governors announced yesterday that it has selected Mr Richard W. Pound, O.C., O.Q., Q.C., LL.D., as the seventeenth Chancellor of the University. Mr Pounds appointment will take effect July 1, 1999, when he will succeed Mrs Gretta Chambers, who is stepping down after eight years as McGills titular head.
Mr Pound, a Montreal lawyer, is a McGill alumnus (B.Com. 1962, B.C.L. 1967) who has maintained close ties to his alma mater since graduation. After serving on numerous McGill boards and committees, he became a member of the Board of Governors in 1986 and, eight years later, was elected its chair. In addition to his McGill engagements and the professional responsibilities of being a partner in the legal firm of Stikeman, Elliott, Mr Pound has occupied senior positions of public service in several other local, national and international organizations, the best known of which is his current role as Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee. The involvement of Mr Pound in the Olympic Games goes back to 1960, when he was a double finalist in swimming at the Rome games. In the 1962 Commonwealth Games, he won one gold, two silver and one bronze medal for Canada.
Professor Edward Meighen, Chair of the Selection Committee, expressed the sentiments of the other members about their choice: "The Selection Committee was unanimous in its strong endorsement of Dick Pound and felt fortunate to recommend such an outstanding person as the Chancellor of McGill University. Mr Pound possesses an excellent international and Canadian stature and his exceptional dedication and effort on behalf of McGill both now and in the past was clearly recognized. The appointment of Dick Pound as the new Chancellor reaffirms McGills commitment to excellence and further strengthens the role of McGill in the world-wide community."
Dr Bernard Shapiro, Principal of McGill, is equally pleased at the news: "Officially, the Chancellors duties include presiding over convocation and other University functions and serving as chair of the honourary degrees committee and the committee to select a Principal. In fact, the Chancellor is also an important ambassador of the University to the outside world and I am delighted that someone who has given so much to the University is willing and even eager to devote his considerable talents to the future of McGill," he commented.