Eric Newell

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Eric Newell
Chancellor of the University of Alberta
In office
Preceded by John Thomas Ferguson
Succeeded by Linda Hughes
Personal details
Born (1944-12-16) December 16, 1944 (age 72)
Kamloops, British Columbia
Alma mater University of British Columbia
Occupation oil executive

Eric Patrick Newell, OC, AOE, (born December 16, 1944) was the seventeenth Chancellor of the University of Alberta, having previously served as Chair of its Board of Governors. He is a former Chairman and CEO of the oil company Syncrude.

In 1999, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for being an "advocate of business and education partnerships" and promoting "employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal people."[1] In 2004, he was awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence.

As an undergraduate he attended the University of British Columbia, and is an alumnus of the Theta chapter of Sigma Phi Delta.


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