Shelagh Rogers announced as Queen’s University’s 16th Chancellor

Shelagh Rogers photographed at Queen’s University’s CFRC Radio station for Queen’s Alumni Review Magazine. Photo by Johnny C.Y. Lam.

Queen’s University announced today, Friday, Apr. 26, 2024, that it is appointing award-winning broadcast journalist Shelagh Rogers (Artsci’77) as its 16th Chancellor.

Chancellor-Designate Rogers will begin her term on Monday, Jul. 1, 2024, succeeding current Chancellor, The Honourable Murray Sinclair. Sinclair began his role as Queen’s Chancellor in July 2021.

“I am very pleased to share that Shelagh Rogers will be joining us as the 16th Chancellor of our university,” said Principal Patrick Deane. “Shelagh’s remarkable career, wide-ranging experience, and her roots at Queen’s make her an ideal representative for our institution and its values.” 

Chancellor-Designate Rogers enjoyed a 40-year career as a celebrated broadcast journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). According to a release from Queen’s University, she previously served as Chancellor of the University of Victoria from 2015 to 2021.

“I am honoured and excited to be appointed to this important role at Queen’s,” said Rogers. “I have such fond memories of my time here as a student and look forward to rejoining the campus community ready to contribute to our university’s bright future.”

Queen’s noted that beyond her professional achievements, Rogers is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness, particularly among youth. She has received accolades from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and was a recipient of the inaugural Margaret Trudeau Award for Mental Health Advocacy.

In 2011, Rogers was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture, mental health advocacy, and adult literacy. That same year, she was inducted as an Honorary Witness to the testimonies of residential school Survivors and their families, shared at national gatherings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), and she continues to amplify Indigenous voices and narratives in her ongoing work. In 2019, she received an honorary degree from Queen’s University.

“Shelagh was one of the Honorary Witnesses for the TRC and dedicated much of her time and effort to communicating to the public what she had heard Survivors saying,” said Chancellor Murray Sinclair, who chaired Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “I am pleased that she has agreed to accept the position of Chancellor at Queen’s University as her public reputation and communication skills will greatly assist the university in its work and reputation.”

The university explained that as Chancellor, Rogers will serve on the University Council and Board of Trustees, preside over convocation ceremonies, confer degrees, and play an important role in engaging with Queen’s alumni, hosting dignitaries, and selecting the institution’s Principal.

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