The University of British Columbia has named a former president and CEO of HSBC Bank Canada as its 18th chancellor.
On July 1, business leader Lindsay Gordon will take over as UBC's titular head from Sarah Morgan-Silvester.
“As an alumnus, I am particularly honoured to be the next Chancellor of UBC, one of the world’s leading universities, and to work with incoming president Arvind Gupta and his team,” Gordon said in a news release today (April 14). “Together we will continue to build on the university’s tradition of excellence in learning, citizenship and research, serving the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.”
Gordon earned his BA and MBA from UBC in the 1970s. He is cochair of UBC’s Start an Evolution fundraising campaign, which has a goal of $1.5 billion in donations.
On the same day that Gordon becomes chancellor, Gupta will replace Stephen Toope as UBC's president.
“I have deeply valued Sarah’s wise counsel and principled guidance during our Board deliberations,” Toope said in the release. “I am sure my successor Arvind Gupta will forge with Lindsay Gordon and [board of governors chair] John Montalbano the kind of bond that will sustain and strengthen UBC.”
UBC's alumni association nominated Gordon for the post, and the board of governors made the appointment.