StFX board reviews bishop's automatic role as university chancellor

April 27, 2011

St. Francis Xavier University's board of governors is examining the 156-year tradition that sees the Bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish automatically named as the institution's chancellor. At a meeting earlier this month, the board formed a committee to review its bylaws "with specific attention paid to reviewing the role of and process for selection of chancellor." The move comes in response to a student campaign to have the chancellorship opened up to other individuals beside the bishop. A founder of the student movement is not satisfied with the review, which a StFX spokeswoman says would take a year. The movement is calling for more immediate action, and hints at the possibility of filing a complaint with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Chronicle Herald