Dinning U of Calgary chancellor

A businessman and former politician who wanted to become Alberta’s premier has been named chancellor of the University of Calgary.

CALGARY — A businessman and former politician who wanted to become Alberta’s premier has been named chancellor of the University of Calgary.

Jim Dinning was elected to the position by members of the university’s Senate.

His four-year term as ceremonial head of the university begins July 1.

Dinning was a Progressive Conservative member of the legislature for 11 years before he returned to the business world in 1997.

He returned to politics in 2006 in an unsuccessful bid to replace Ralph Klein as party leader and premier.

Dinning takes over from Joanne Cuthbertson as chancellor.

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