Henry Champ (1937-2012)
“For all of his sophisticated ways, as a man who had been all over the world, he was a small-town guy and he loved Brandon University beyond measure – he cared so much for the place.”
— President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Deborah C. Poff
A native of Hartney, Manitoba, Henry Champ was installed as Brandon University’s sixth Chancellor in November 2008. Chancellor Champ was one of the world’s top foreign correspondents for most of his 40 years in journalism and was best known for his time in television. In the late 1970s/early 1980s, he provided frequent coverage for NBC from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Chile. He was a leading Canadian voice on world conflict going back to on-the-ground coverage of Vietnam and is regarded as being one of the last correspondents to leave during the fall of Saigon. He covered various conflicts in the Middle East, particularly Afghanistan during the Russian occupation and the war in Iraq, before returning to Canada to join the anchor team at CBC News: Morning in Halifax. Henry went on to become CBC Newsworld’s authority on Washington, D.C., a position from which he retired in November 2008, just days after completing the election coverage of US President Barack Obama.
Henry Champ loved Brandon University. He attended Brandon College in 1957 and 1958 and served Brandon University in many capacities over the years, including as a member of the Brandon University Foundation. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctor of laws for his service.
During his nearly four year term as Chancellor, Henry was passionate about all aspects of Brandon University. He enjoyed his visits to our campus, meeting and visiting with anyone who crossed his path, and reminisced often about his own time spent here. He had a special interest in recruiting students from inner city schools in the USA who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to attain a post-secondary education. He was also an avid sports fan and was thankful for the online Bobcat broadcasting, rarely missing a game.
Henry is survived by his wife, Karen, and five children.
Chancellor Champ had a big heart and touched many lives in many different ways. A Memorial Book will be available in the Office of the President, Room 116 Clark Hall, and we invite you to stop by to provide your written condolences to the family, should you wish to do so. In addition, online comments can be submitted by completing the following section.