Fonds RG 2001 - President's Office fonds

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President's Office fonds

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RG 2001

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  • 1906- (Creation)

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121.37 m of textual records

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The office of President and Vice-Chancellor is the chief executive office of the University. The President has overall responsibility for the direction and supervision of the academic work of the university and its business affairs, and any other duties assigned by the Board of Governors (University Act, s.81). Between 1909 and 1949 the presidents had very broad powers; since that time various limitations have been placed on them (Hayden, p.10). The President is appointed by, and is responsible to, the Board of Governors. Presidents currently are appointed to 5-year terms, with the possibility of renewal. The Presidents to date have been: Walter Charles Murray (1908-1937), James S. Thomson (1937-1949), Walter P. Thompson (1949-1959), John W.T. Spinks (1959-1974), Robert W. Begg (1974-1980), Leo F. Kristjanson (1980-1989), Blaine A. Holmlund [acting] (1989-1990), J.W. George Ivany (1990-1999), and R. Peter MacKinnon (1999-).

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Given the nature and scope of the office, the Presidential records usually provide the most comprehensive source for documenting all facets of the University, including important initiatives, funding, research and teaching, college and departmental development, and faculty, staff, and student activities. Generally these records contain correspondence, reports, minutes, annual general reports of college and departmental activities, as well as some personal papers, speeches and addresses.

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Organized into series by president:
RG 2001.1 - Walter C. Murray (1908 1937);
RG 2001.2 - James S. Thomson (1937 1949);
RG 2001.3 - Walter P. Thompson (1949 1959);
RG 2001.4 - John W.T. Spinks (1959 1974);
RG 2001.5 - Robert W. Begg (1974 1980);
RG 2001.6 - Leo F. Kristjanson (1980 1989);
RG 2001.7 - J.W. George Ivany (1989 - 1999).
RG 2001.8 - R. Peter MacKinnon (1999-2012)
RG 2001.9 - Ilene Busch-Vishniac (2012-2014)
RG 2001.10 – Gordon Barnhart (2014-2015)
RG 2001.11 – Peter Stoicheff (2015-

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Records of the President's Office are restricted for ten years following the termination of a President's term of office. Researchers must obtain permission from the President's Office to access restricted records. Access to files containing personal information relating to faculty, staff or students is governed by university policy and the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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Finding aids available for series 1-6: by series, with file-level descriptions. Box lists for series 7-9.

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