Chairman of the Board of Regents of Victoria University

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

Chairman of the Board of Regents of Victoria University

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence



The Chairman of the Board of Regents is appointed by the Board and presides at all meetings. They are to have a general oversight and control of the business of the Board and is a member ex officio of all Committees of the Board.

Past Chairs:
Albert Carman, class of Vic 1883

1884-1914 - Samuel Dwight Chown

1914-1928 - Newton Wesley Rowell

1928-1933 - Alfred Ernest Ames: He first became a member of the Board in 1898 and in 1915 he was appointed as Chairman of the Executive Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Board. He also served on the Finance Committee and the Plans and Buildings Committee. Ames was born in 1866 and died in 1934.

1933-1934 - James Russell Lovett Starr, class of Vic 1887

1934-1942 - Wilfred Crossen James, class of Vic 1916: James was also Bursar at Victoria University, 1951-1962.

1942-1951 - Leopold Macaulay, class of Vic 1911, Osgoode Hall 1914: Won a gold medal at Vic for high academic standing. Named King's Counsel in 1929. Elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of York South in 1926 and kept his seat until he was defeated in the 1943 election. Served continuously on the Board from 1932-1972. Also served terms as President of the Victoria College Alumni Association and the University of Toronto Alumni Association. In 1973, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Victoria University in recognition for his outstanding service. The Leopold Macaulay Admissions Scholarship was endowed after his death. Born in Peterborough Nov 25, 1887, died Dec 24 1979.

1951-1958 - Henry Eden Langford, class of Vic 1928

1958-1962 - Ralph Shaw Mills, class of Vic 1925

1962-1971 - Frederick Arthur Wansbrough, class of Vic 1928

1971-1974 - Donald Walker McGibbon, class of Vic 1932

1974-1978 - G. Dennis Lane, class of Vic 1955

1978-1982 - Henry Jonathon Sissons, class of Vic 1937

1982-1985 - David Walter Page Pretty, class of Vic 1947: Also the President of North American Life Insurance. Born August 23, 1925 and died in 2014.

1985-1989 - Ruth Marion Alexander (nee Manning), class of Vic 1950: Born in 1929.

1989-1992 - Paul Wesley Fox, class of Vic 1944

1992-1995 - Richard P.K. Cousland, class of Vic 1954

1995-1998 - Elizabeth (Eastlake) Vosburgh, class of Vic 1968

1998-2001 - David E. Clark, class of Vic 1971

2001-2004 - Frank Mills, class of Vic 1968

2004-2007 - Murray Corlett, class of Vic 1961

2007-2010 - Paul Huyer, class of Vic 1981

2010-2014 - John Field, class of Vic 1978

2014-present - Lisa Khoo, class of Vic 1989


Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Access points area

Subject access points

Place access points


Control area

Authority record identifier

Institution identifier

Victoria Univesity Archives

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

MB 2017
Updated by JT: March 8 2021




Board of Regents Meeting Minutes November 22, 1934 (1987.125V-2-3): Ames bio
List of past chairs published online (current as of March 2021):
Toronto Star obituary for David Pretty - January 8, 2014.
Board of Regents Minutes January 17, 1980 (1991.097V-2-1): Macaulay bio

Maintenance notes

  • Clipboard

  • Export

  • EAC

Related subjects

Related places