President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC

University of British Columbia

Santa Ono is the 15th President & Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia.

He also serves as Leader of the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3), a consortium of 22 of North America’s leading research universities focused on climate action in 2020; as Chair of the U15 Group of Universities; on the Board of Directors of Universities Canada, and as Past Chair of Research Universities of British Columbia.

Prior to his appointment as President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC, Dr. Ono served as the 28th President of the University of Cincinnati and Senior Vice-Provost and Deputy to the Provost at Emory University.

A molecular immunologist educated at the University of Chicago and McGill, Dr. Ono has taught at Johns Hopkins, Harvard University and University College London.

He holds Honorary Doctorates from Chiba University and the Vancouver School of Theology and is a recipient of the Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award from the American Council on Education, the Professional Achievement Award from University of Chicago, a Grand Challenges Hero Award from UCLA and the NAAAP 100 Award from the National Association of Asian American Professionals. In 2022 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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