Welcome to Western: A great story that’s ours to tell

It is a great honour for me to have this opportunity to lead one of Canada’s top universities. While Western remains rooted as a prominent institution in southwestern Ontario that contributes significantly to the regional community, our leaders, faculty, staff, students and alumni have clearly embraced the role our university plays in a global context.

The importance of interdisciplinary research is evident at Western, and I’m encouraged by the number of people who work at the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines, in collaboration with one another, to share their energy and knowledge to make sense of the world in new and interesting ways.

I look forward to listening carefully to individual campus and community members to develop my understanding and appreciation for Western’s story—a great story that’s ours to tell and inspire the hearts and minds of the people who love this institution and who will help make it stronger for the next generation.


Alan Shepard
Western's 11th President and Vice-Chancellor

Alan Shepard talks about Western’s bright future