How to Address Former University President?
How does one address a former University President?
There is no special form of address for a former university president. On an envelope, in conversation, or on a place card, they go back to whatever they were before serving – which is most likely Dr. (Name).
In a full introduction he or she could be identified in two ways: as the President of XYZ University from 1998 to 2006; or as the 18th President of XYZ University. I like either of those better than describing your guest as former. Fomer sounds so has been.
– Robert Hickey
How to Address a Former Chancellor?
How does one address a former chancellor of a state university?
————– Agnes Martin
Dear Ms. Martin,
A former chancellor goes back to whatever form of address he or she was entitled to before serving as chancellor. Typically:
—-—-Mr./Ms./Dr. (Full Name) in writing
—-—-Mr./Ms./Dr. (Surname) in conversation
There is only one chancellor at a time. It’s not respectful to the current office holder to address predecessors with the forms of address reserved for the current office holder.
If you want to identify the person as a former chancellor – e.g., in a document or in a program … identify him or her after his or her name:
—-—-The 12th Chancellor of XYZ University
—-—-Chancellor of XYZ University, 1999-2008
I prefer any of these to ‘former Chancellor’. Former can sound so has been.
If this sort of thing comes up often, I cover the forms of address for every type of academic official – dean, Dr. professor, etc. – in my book.
– Robert Hickey