Chancellor of the University

The Chancellor is the volunteer, titular head of the University of Prince Edward Island and a member of the Board of Governors. The Chancellor of the University presides over convocations; confers all degrees, diplomas, and certificates; and acts as an important liaison between the University and the wider community.

The Chancellor is a distinguished person who has an expressed interest in and commitment to the University and reflects its spirit, vision, and values.

The Honourable Diane F. Griffin, Chancellor

In 2023, the University initiated a search and invited nominations for an outstanding individual to fulfill the terms of this prestigious role for a renewable four-year term ending June 30, 2027. 

On November 23, 2023, it was announced that the Honourable Diane F. Griffin, alumna, honorary degree recipient, and retired senator, had been unanimously elected as the 10th Chancellor of the University of Prince Edward Island for a four-year term, ending June 30, 2027. 

Chancellor Griffin was installed at a ceremony on April 5, 2024. Read the news story

About the Chancellor

UPEI’s Chancellors and their installation dates
  • The Honourable Thane A. Campbell, CC, MA, LLD – May 14, 1970
  • Gustave Gingras, CC, MD, FRSA, LLD, FRCP(c) – May 12, 1974
  • David Macdonald Stewart, OC, CStJ, KLJ, FRSA, FHS(c), LLD, DBA – October 1, 1982
  • The Honourable Gordon L. Bennett, OC, BSc, MSc, LLD, DCL – March 9, 1985
  • Doris H. Anderson, CC, BA, LLD – October 24, 1992
  • Norman Webster (chancellor emeritus), CM, BA, MA, DCL – November 2, 1996
  • William (Bill) Andrew, DipEng, BEng – March 6, 2005
  • Donald (Don) McDougall, BA, MBA, LLD – March 30, 2014
  • The Honourable Catherine Callbeck, CM, OPEI, BComm, BEd, LLD – September 29, 2018
  • The Honourable Diane F. Griffin, OPEI, BSc, BEd, MSc, LLD – April 5, 2024