Leadership and Vision

From academics to research, we benefit from strong, focused leadership across our 13 faculties and units supporting a student population of over 19,000 drawn from across Canada and more than 115 different countries.


The president and vice-chancellor is the chief executive officer, responsible to the Board of Governors and to the Senate for the supervision of Dalhousie University’s administrative and academic work.


From academics to research, our senior administration team provides leadership in shaping strategic direction. Vice-presidents are responsible to the president and the Board of Governors.

Vice-provosts, associate & assistant vice-presidents

Responsible to senior administration, our associate and assistant vice-presidents oversee the operations of the university as established by the university's strategic plan.


Directly responsible to the provost & vice-president, academic, the dean of each faculty is responsible for the recruitment and promotion of the faculty, in accordance with the policies and procedures [PDF] of the university.

Department chairs

The chair is the head of a department within a faculty. Responsible to the dean, chairs oversee the day-to-day operation of the department and ensure it achieves the highest possible standards of excellence. View department chairs by faculty.

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is responsible for the overall conduct, management, administration and control of the property, revenue and business of the university.


The Senate is responsible for the approval of new programs and the granting of degrees and diplomas, setting academic regulations and establishing the academic calendar.

Dalhousie Advisory Council

The Dalhousie Advisory Council provides the president with international strategic counsel on issues that may impact the university, on the development and evaluation of its strategic directions and more.  


Dalhousie enjoys a strong reputation for academic and research excellence regionally, nationally, and internationally. The Dalhousie Advisory Council (DAC) will help Dalhousie to continue to build its reputation and position by providing strategic advice, guidance, and support on a range of issues, most notably on the comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Dalhousie has set an ambitious $750 million goal for the largest fundraising campaign in its history. The Dalhousie Advisory Council will play a key role in ensuring the success of the campaign, with a particular focus on building a robust prospect pipeline of the highest-level prospective donors.