Alan Shepard

President's Biography

Professor Alan Shepard is the 11th President & Vice-Chancellor of Western University. He arrived at Western in July 2019 after serving as President & Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to Concordia, Professor 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.


Speaking Requests

To request President Shepard to speak at your event, please first contact Kim Catalano at 519-661-2111 ext.  86567 or email to determine if the President is available on the date of your event. Once the President's attendance at your event has been confirmed please complete and submit the online form.

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Organizational Chart

Western University, home to more than 30,000 students, employs 1408 full-time faculty and 2461 full-time staff. The Board of Governors is responsible for the overall management of the University, including financial matters, and the Senate is responsible for the academic policy of the University.

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 Presidents Emeriti 

Since its founding in 1878, Western University has had 10 Presidents & Vice-Chancellors, the first being  Nathaniel Chamney James (1908-1914). Prior to 1908, the Principals of Western’s founding college, Huron College (now Huron University College) acted as University President. Today, Presidents are appointed for five-year renewable terms.

Bishop Isaac Hellmuth

 Western's Founder 

It is the rare soul in any age that can look to the future and see potential; what can be, rather than the problems, trials and obstacles that stand in the way of a great idea. The Right Reverend Isaac Hellmuth, second Bishop of the Diocese of Huron, was such a man. A thoroughgoing evangelical Anglican Christian unwilling to compromise his religious principles, Hellmuth understood the Church's duty to education and the development of the whole person.