Henry J. Hemens was the first chancellor of Concordia University. Hemens entered Loyola College as a student in 1924 and graduated in 1932. He became a lawyer and was named Queen's Counsel. He was president of the Loyola Alumni Association from 1963 to 1965 and then he became a member of the Board of Governors of Loyola College. Elected to the Loyola Board of Trustees on March 14, 1974, Hemens was part of the ad hoc committee which negotiated the merger of Loyola College with Sir George Williams University to form Concordia University in 1974. Chancellor Emeritus Henry J. Hemens died on April 6, 1991.