Deborah Yedlin named University of Calgary's next chancellor
Longtime business commentator and community volunteer begins role on July 1
Calgary business journalist Deborah Yedlin has been selected as the next chancellor of the University of Calgary.
Members of the U of C's senate confirmed Yedlin to the four-year term on Thursday.
Yedlin has been a business and political commentator for several media outlets, including CBC, for more than two decades, the school said in a release.
Her term officially starts July 1.
Yedlin co-chaired the 2016 United Way Campaign, which raised more than $55 million in the midst of a deep recession, and has been on the boards of several arts and community organizations, including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Opera, YMCA Calgary and WinSport, the U of C said.
Yedlin will chair the university's senate, represent the school at ceremonial occasions and work to advance the U of C's position in the community.
"As someone deeply committed to the importance of education in society, I am honoured to have been selected as the chancellor of the University of Calgary, an institution that is poised to play a critical role in the economic transition of Calgary and Alberta through its commitment to entrepreneurial thinking and innovation," Yedlin said in a release.
Yedlin graduated from the University of Alberta in 1984 with a bachelor of arts in economics and English. She also has an MBA from Queen's University.
"Deborah Yedlin is an accomplished professional with numerous connections to the Calgary community, and is eager to advance our university's bold vision and community relations," said outgoing chancellor Robert Thirsk in a release.
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