Former top soldier named chancellor of Memorial University

Rick Hiller to assume post on July 3


Gen. Rick Hillier will enter the academic realm when he officially leaves his job as Canada’s top soldier early next month.

Hillier will be the new chancellor of the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Premier Danny Williams announced Thursday. Canada’s outgoing chief of defence staff is a native of the province and graduated from the school with a bachelor of science in 1975. He will take over the position on July 3.

“It is with immense pleasure that I announce the appointment of this distinguished individual, whose stellar contributions to Canada are widely recognized, not only within our country, but well beyond its borders,” Williams said in a news release.

“I cannot think of a more qualified individual to take on this role, and I look forward to the General’s contributions to the province in this regard.”

A formal ceremony to introduce Hillier to his new post will be held at the school’s fall convocation in October.

The chancellor is a member of the university’s Board of Regents and the Senate and serves as chair of convocation. All degrees are conferred by the chancellor.

The Canadian Press

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Former top soldier named chancellor of Memorial University

  1. Hillier’s appointment as Chancellor of Memorial University reifies military inBEDedness with academia- the eternal unconscionable revolving door.He is distinguished only by his lead role in the infamous NATO Bomb, Blast and Bribe Campaign in Afghanistan and has contributed to Canada’s disregard for the international rule of law. His appointment is a sad and cruel comment on the way the current Canadian establishment has undermined principles of higher education.

    Joan Russow (PhD)
    Victoria, B.C.
    1 250 2941339

  2. Hillier most certainly does not deserve to hold the title of Chancellor at an academic institution.

    Why in the world would the man responsible for the extension of the Afghanistan invasion, and the subsequent propaganda campaign within Canada, be deserving of a Chancellor position?

    Memorial needs to focus on preserving its integrity, instead of stooping to such lows to garner publicity.

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