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The head of [[Unseen University|Wizarding]] [[Bugarup University|universities]], and official leader of all wizards on the Disc. Long ago, this would have meant that he has the most powerful wizard, but nowadays senior wizards tend to refrain from performing actual magic. They prefer administration and big dinners. The Archchancellors' are rather prone to death caused by upwardly mobile [[wizard's magic|wizards]], and as such, many wizards have never made it past the inaugural dinner without being stabbed, poisoned or shot. The current incumbent for the post at [[Unseen University]] is [[Mustrum Ridcully]]. Since Ridcully took up position as Archchancellor, assassination attempts have fallen, as no one is capable enough to get rid of him.
The head of [[Unseen University|Wizarding]] [[Bugarup University|universities]], and official leader of all wizards on the Disc. Long ago, this would have meant that he was the most powerful wizard, but nowadays senior wizards tend to refrain from performing actual magic. They prefer administration and big dinners. The Archchancellors are rather prone to death caused by upwardly mobile [[wizard's magic|wizards]], and as such, many wizards have never made it past the inaugural dinner without being stabbed, poisoned or shot. The current incumbent for the post at [[Unseen University]] is [[Mustrum Ridcully]]. Since Ridcully took up position as Archchancellor, assassination attempts have fallen, as no one is capable enough to get rid of him.


==Election of the Archchancellor==
==Election of the Archchancellor==
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==Former Archchancellors of Unseen University==
==Former Archchancellors of Unseen University==
*[[Alberto Malich]]; founder
*[[Alberto Malich]]; founder.
*[[Bowell]] – noted for the interesting ceiling "[[Archchancellor Bowell's Remembrance]]"
*[[Bowell]] – noted for the interesting ceiling "[[Archchancellor Bowell's Remembrance]]".
*[[Bewdley]] - Disliked the city, as seen by his statue
*[[Bewdley]] - Disliked the city, as seen by his statue.
*[[Sloman]] – discovered the Special Theory of Slood  
*[[Sloman]] – discovered the Special Theory of Slood.
*[[Greyhald Spold]] - ? Only referenced briefly in {{LL}} during a conversation between Ridcully and Granny Weatherwax, apparently he was Archchancellor during Ridcully's student days. Must have stepped down voluntarily from the job (unless Ridcully's memory is mistaken about his having held the position at all), since he lived long enough to die during Galder Weatherwax's tenure.
*[[Greyhald Spold]] - ? Only referenced briefly in {{LL}} during a conversation between Ridcully and Granny Weatherwax, apparently he was Archchancellor during Ridcully's student days. Must have stepped down voluntarily from the job (unless Ridcully's memory is mistaken about his having held the position at all), since he lived long enough to die during Galder Weatherwax's tenure.
*[[Galder Weatherwax]] – Archchancellor in {{TLF}}
*[[Galder Weatherwax]] – Archchancellor in {{TLF}}.
*[[Cutangle]] – Archchancellor in {{ER}}
*[[Ymper Trymon]] – succeeds Galder Weatherwax in {{TLF}} after the latter is eaten by [[The Luggage]].
*[[Virrid Wayzygoose]] –  who died before his inaugural dinner, in {{S}}
*[[Cutangle]] – Archchancellor in {{ER}}.
*[[Ezrolith Churn]] – Archchancellor in {{E}}
*[[Virrid Wayzygoose]] –  who died before his inaugural dinner, in {{S}}.
*[[Ezrolith Churn]] – Archchancellor in {{E}}.


==Archchancellors from other wizarding institutions==
==Archchancellors from other wizarding institutions==

Latest revision as of 23:57, 13 March 2021

The head of Wizarding universities, and official leader of all wizards on the Disc. Long ago, this would have meant that he was the most powerful wizard, but nowadays senior wizards tend to refrain from performing actual magic. They prefer administration and big dinners. The Archchancellors are rather prone to death caused by upwardly mobile wizards, and as such, many wizards have never made it past the inaugural dinner without being stabbed, poisoned or shot. The current incumbent for the post at Unseen University is Mustrum Ridcully. Since Ridcully took up position as Archchancellor, assassination attempts have fallen, as no one is capable enough to get rid of him.

Election of the Archchancellor

The Archchancellor is elected on the Eve of Small Gods. (Not so much elected, as the wizards have never gotten the hang of voting). It is known that Archchancellors are selected by the gods (which wizards don't believe in). The double doors to the Great Hall are locked and triple barred, and the hopeful incumbent must request entry three times before he is allowed in, thus proving that he was appointed with the consent of wizardry in general.

The First Archchancellor

The first Archchancellor, Alberto Malich is obviously held in high esteem. His statue in one of the hallways says "We Shall Not See His Like Again". It seems that the University was founded (which seems to not include The Tower of Art, which was a relic from an earlier period) by the first Archchancellor during the time they had Kings (which suggests a time earlier than the last King, Lorenzo the Kind). He briefly returned to the University in Mort.

Former Archchancellors of Unseen University

Archchancellors from other wizarding institutions

NB: Although Krull also has a magical university it is not known if the ruler is an Archchancellor or not. The same is true of various other universities or colleges mainly described in various titles and degrees.