Simon Fraser University


Andrew Petter

SFU’s new president: Andrew Petter

January 21, 2010

Andrew Petter, past dean of the University of Victoria faculty of law and former B.C. attorney general, will become SFU’s ninth president and vice-chancellor this fall. Petter, 56, who was appointed after an international search, will take the reins on Sept. 1 when President Michael Stevenson concludes his second five-year term.

Michael Francis, chair of the SFU board of governors, says Petter brings to the presidency a life-long commitment to education as university teacher, constitutional scholar and academic administrator, most recently as UVic’s longest serving dean of law.

"Professor Petter’s extensive academic and administrative experience combined with his deep roots in B.C. and his passion for post-secondary education make him superbly qualified to lead SFU into the future," says Francis. Petter says that he feels truly privileged to have been chosen as SFU’s next president.

"I have always passionately believed in the crucial role post-secondary education plays in the life of our province. And I look forward to bringing that passion to a great institution like SFU with its proud history of connecting education with the community."

As UVic law dean from 2001 to 2007, Petter oversaw the establishment of an innovative new graduate law program and undertook significant Aboriginal initiatives such as creation of a National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair, and of the Akitsiraq Law School in Nunavut.

Says Stevenson: "I am delighted to know that Andrew Petter will succeed me. I know that he will be invigorated by the unique spirit of SFU and that the university will prosper under his leadership."

SFU News
will publish a special edition Jan. 28 introducing Petter to the SFU community. And there’s more information at