The chancellor is the ceremonial head of the university. Duties of the University of Saskatchewan chancellor include:
- Presiding over university convocation ceremonies
- Conferring degrees
- Chairing University Senate
- Serving as an ex-officio member of the Board of Governors.
Roy Romanow was elected Chancellor effective November 1, 2016 for a three-year term. His appointment was confirmed at a meeting of University Senate on October 15, 2016 based on the recommendation of a joint nomination committee.
The Honourable Roy Romanow, P.C., O.C., S.O.M., Q.C., served in public office in Canada for more than 30 years.
Chancellor Romanow’s provincial political career began in 1967 when he was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature. From 1971 to 1982 he served as Deputy Premier and Attorney General of Saskatchewan. He played a key role in the federal-provincial negotiations that resulted in the Constitution Act 1982, which includes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. During this time, he also led the reorganization of Saskatchewan's court system, the creation of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, and the introduction of a modern Legal Aid system.
In 1987, Chancellor Romanow became the Leader of the Opposition and served in this role until 1991. He then served as Premier of Saskatchewan from 1991 to 2001. During this period, major health reforms were introduced based on programs of well-being, which balanced the delivery of health care more appropriately between acute care and preventative programs. A significant achievement of the Romanow government was turning Saskatchewan’s large fiscal deficits into balanced budgets.
After his tenure as premier, Chancellor Romanow was appointed by then Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in 2001 to head the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada, which resulted in a final report entitled Building on Values.
Chancellor Romanow, an officer of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, has also received the Pan American Health Organization's 2003 Administration Award for his work with the Health Commission and his commitment to human rights and justice initiatives. In 2004, he became a member of the federal Privy Council through a five-year appointment to Canada’s Security Intelligence Review Committee. From 2008 to 2013, Chancellor Romanow was the Advisory Board Co-Chair and Spokesperson for the Canadian Index of Wellbeing. He currently serves as a Member of the Elections Canada Advisory Board, and as the co-chair of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.
Currently, Chancellor Romanow is a Senior Fellow in Public Policy in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. He received both his B.A., 1960, and LLB., 1964, from the U of S. He is recognized as one of the University of Saskatchewan's 100 Alumni of Influence and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees from Canadian universities.