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.
In addition to her commitment to community service and the University of Saskatchewan, Chancellor Grit McCreath has been an educator, teacher-librarian, and high school administrator - for over 30 years in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario. She has taught all grades from kindergarten through Grade 12 in both public and private schools.
She co-wrote the best-selling book Waskesiu and its Neighbours: A Casual Illustrated History in 2008.
For nearly two decades, Chancellor McCreath has served the University of Saskatchewan as a member of the Senate and Board of Governors. In 2015, she was named the first Honourary Ambassador of the University. The chancellor has been honoured twice by the City of Calgary and received the Conference Board of Canada Royal Bank Partners in Education Award; the Excellence in Teaching Award from Alberta Education; and was named one of Calgary's Women of Distinction. In 2011, Chancellor McCreath received a spot on the College of Education Wall of Honour.
The chancellor was honoured in 2016 with the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Achievement Award for volunteerism, philanthropy and public service. On National Philanthropy Day 2018, she and her husband Scott received the University of Saskatchewan Honoured Supporter Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Chancellor McCreath served on the RESOLVE Campaign Cabinet, raising $74 million for affordable housing in Calgary. The template for this campaign was shared with both the cities of Saskatoon and Regina. She currently sits on the Board of the Whyte Foundation of the Canadian Rockies, Banff. Other former Board appointments include the Waskesiu Foundation, YWCA Calgary (President), Famous Five Foundation, Junior Achievement, St. Albert Public Library.
Chancellor Grit McCreath was also most recently named a recipient of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and recently received the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Saskatchewan), awarded to Saskatchewan residents for their contributions to the province or country.
Grit and her husband Scott have teamed together on many projects including the Indigenous Scholarship at the Edwards School of Business and the new Active Learning Classroom in the College of Education. She and Scott have two sons, Andy and James, along with their spouses, Camille and Amber, and four delightful grandsons, "the icing on the cake".
The chancellor currently serves on the Human Resources committee of the Board.
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