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Fonds F0249 - President's Office fonds.

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President's Office fonds.


  • 1950-2014 (Creation)

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34.63 m of textual records and other records including:
56 photoprints : black and white and colour
2 ¼-inch audio tape reels
6 DVDs
1 flash drive
1 plaque
1 scroll.

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The President and Vice-Chancellor is the chief executive and administrative officer of the University by statute (The Universities Act). The President is Chair of General Faculties Council and Deans' Council, a member of all faculty councils and of Universities Coordinating Council, and a member of the Board of Governors. By statute it is the President who carries matters from General Faculties Council to the Board of Governors for approval. He or she is also the communications link between the Students' Union and the Board. The President is appointed by the Board and has the general supervision over and direction of the operation of the University: he or she has general responsibility for the academic work of the University, the instructional staff, and those officers and employees connected with academic work including the Registrar and the Librarians. The President also has general responsibility for the business affairs of the University.

In 1945 the Calgary Normal School became a branch of the University of Alberta and was headed by a Director. Directors were Gerald Frederick Langley Manning (1945-1946), Clarence Sansom (acting director 1946-1947), and Andrew Leo Doucette (1947-1960). The head of the Calgary Branch was changed to a principal in 1960. Malcom Gordon Taylor served as principal from 1960 to 1964.

In 1964 the University of Alberta at Calgary became autonomous in academic matters with its own President and General Faculty Council. Herbert Stoker Armstrong was president from 1964 to 1966. The University of Calgary was established by the authority of The Universities Act in 1966, and Armstrong served as president and vice-chancellor from 1966 to 1968. Others who have served as president are Walter Raymond Trost (acting president 1968-1969), Alfred William Rooke Carrothers (1969-1974), Finley Alexander Campbell (acting president 1974), William Arthur Cochrane (president and vice-chancellor (1974-1978), Peter J. Krueger (acting president 1978), Norman Ernest Wagner (president and vice-chancellor 1978-1988), F. Murray Fraser (president and vice-chancellor 1988-1996); Terry White (1996-2001) and Harvey Weingarten (2001-).

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Fonds consists of annual reports (1966-2006), academic staff annual publication record (1973-1993); correspondence with University staff, associations and faculties, records on endowment and fund development, correspondence with the provinicial government and other Universities, general administration files (1984-2002), records on property management and research (1950-1987); subject files (1984-1997); files relating to the Canadian Centre for Learning Systems (1983-1988), Student Personnel Services Task Force minutes and correspondence (1979-1980). Includes letters of greeting sent to Presidents Armstrong, Fraser and Weingarten, President's Office guest book (1960-1979), Assistant to the President files (1962-1972), a recorded speech by Dr. Wagner (1980), a recorded conversation between Dr. Carrothers and Dr. Cochrane on institutional excellence (1974), visits and meetings made by President Fraser (1988-1989), President's Office filing system records, and ephemera. Fonds includes series for Innovators, President's Office; Annual Reports, University of Calgary; and Business Plans, University of Calgary.

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Administrative records are restricted for a period of 15 years as authorized under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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See also UARC 89.004 and 92.009 for the Canadian Centre for Learning Systems fonds.

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