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What does the academic term Chancellor mean in higher education?


Chancellor definition

Short Definition

Chancellor is the chief executive officer of a university system or institution.

In-depth Overview


Long definition: A "Chancellor" in higher education is a senior administrative officer responsible for overseeing the operations and leadership of a university or a university system. The role of a Chancellor typically involves setting strategic goals, managing academic and administrative affairs, representing the institution to the public and working closely with faculty, staff and other stakeholders to ensure the institution's success.

Etymology: The term "Chancellor" has its roots in Old French "chancelier", which came from the Latin "cancellarius", meaning "usher of the court". In medieval Europe, the Chancellor was originally responsible for keeping the ruler's seal and managing documents.

Synonyms or related academic terms: "University Chancellor", "College Chancellor", "Head of University", "University President" (in some countries).

Examples of Use:

  • The Chancellor announced new initiatives to enhance research opportunities for students.
  • Under the leadership of the Chancellor, the university achieved a significant increase in enrollment.

Spanish: Canciller
French: Chancelier
German: Kanzler
Italian: Cancelliere
Portuguese: Chanceler
Japanese: 総長 (Sōchō)
Chinese (Simplified): 校长 (Xiàozhǎng)
Hindi: चांसलर (Chānslar)

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Miscellaneous higher education terms > University roles and job titles

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