Santa Ono

Professor Santa J. Ono is the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, a professor of medicine and biology. He is also the Chief Advisor of the British Columbia Innovation Network.

Before coming to UBC, Professor Ono was the president of the University of Cincinnati, becoming its first Asian-American president. He has also held appointments at Emory University as the Senior Vice Provost and Deputy to the Provost. He was recently recognized by the American Council on Education for demonstrating leadership and commitment on a national level to the advancement of racial and ethnic minorities in higher education.

Inside Higher Education also named him America’s most notable university president in 2015. Professor Ono works tirelessly to enhance the student experience, and is a strong advocate of student health and well-being.

Professor Ono’s research encompasses the immune system, eye inflammation and age-related macular degeneration – a leading cause of blindness.