William E. "Bill" Andrew Installed as UPEI Chancellor
William E. "Bill" Andrew, a 1973 Engineering graduate of UPEI, was installed on March 6 as the University's seventh Chancellor. He is President of Penn West Petroleum Ltd., the fifth largest independent oil and gas company in Canada. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
A native of Milton, PEI, he now resides in Calgary but he and his wife, Denise have many continuing attachments to Prince Edward Island. They have a home in Stanley Bridge and, together with Bill's brothers, Brian and Rollin, they co-own Meridian Farms in Milton where they stable standardbred horses. Andrew also runs a successful horse breeding ranch in Alberta.
Bill Andrew has been active in many community and philanthropic initiatives. He has been a trustee of the Grace Women's Health Centre, President of the Alberta Standardbred Horse Association, a director of Standardbred Canada, and a fundraising leader for Alberta Children's Hospital, United Way of Calgary, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and Woods Home-EXIT Program.
The new Chancellor is a founder of the Calgary group Friends of UPEI, which supports 14 students annually with scholarships to study at UPEI. He and his wife have also created a new scholarship endowment at UPEI for students in Education and Engineering.
William Andrew takes over from well-known philanthropist and journalist, Norman Webster C.M., B.A., M.A., D.C.L. who served as Chancellor from 1996 to 2004. Previous chancellors were:
The Honourable Thane A. Campbell, C.C., M.A., LL.D.- May 14, 1970
Gustave Gingras, C.C., M.D., F.R.S.A., LL.D., F.R.C.P.(c)- May 12, 1974
David Macdonald Stewart, C.M., C.St.J., K.L.J., F.R.S.A., F.H.S.(c), Hon. LL.D., Hon. D.B.A.
- October 1, 1982
The Honourable Gordon L. Bennett, O.C., B.Sc., M.Sc., LL.D., D.C.L.- March 9, 1985
Doris H. Anderson, O.C., B.A., LL.D.- October 24, 1992