New Chancellor and President to be installed

Linda Hasenfratz and Alan Shepard

Linda Hasenfratz and Alan Shepard will be installed as Western University’s new Chancellor and President, respectively, at a special ceremony Tuesday, October 22 at 4 p.m. at Alumni Hall.

Linda Hasenfratz

Noted Canadian industrialist and philanthropist Linda Hasenfratz was named Western’s 23rd Chancellor on May 23, 2019 and officially began her four-year term July 1.
As CEO of Linamar Corporation, one of the world’s most successful manufacturing companies, Hasenfratz brings a wealth of international experience and a dynamic, energetic leadership to Western.

Alan Shepard

Alan Shepard was named Western’s 11th President & Vice-Chancellor on November 29, 2018. He arrived at Western in July 2019 after serving as President & Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to Concordia, Shepard was Provost and Vice-President (Academic) of Ryerson University in Toronto. He has also held senior academic leadership roles at the University of Guelph, Texas Christian University, and the University of Virginia.

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