Simon Fraser University has announced the appointment of Andrew Petter as its new president and vice-chancellor, effective September 1.
Petter is a former NDP attorney general, aboriginal affairs minister, finance minister, advanced education minister, forests minister, health minister, and minister of intergovernmental relations. From 2002 to 2008, he was the dean of law at the University of Victoria. He also taught law at UVic before winning the seat in Saanich South in the 1991 provincial election. He didn't run in 2001.
Petter will become SFU's ninth president, succeeding Michael Stevenson, who will complete his second five-year term this year.
SFU has campuses on Burnaby Mountain, in downtown Vancouver, and in Surrey.
Stevenson leaves the university having presided over the development of the UniverCity community on Burnaby Mountain, SFU's takeover of TechBC in Surrey, the expansion of the downtown campus, several tuition fee hikes, and the establishment of faculties of environment; health sciences; and communication, art, and technology.
Incoming Simon Fraser University president Andrew Petter reflects on what makes SFU deserving of its title as Canada's top comprehensive university.