CHARLOTTETOWN - Don McDougall alumnus, donor, and honorary degree recipient has been elected as the eighth chancellor of the university for a four-year term.
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An installation date is not yet confirmed, but the ceremony will take place early in 2014.
“It is an honour to officially announce Dr. Don McDougall as the university’s chancellor-elect,” said UPEI president and vice-chancellor, Alaa Abd-El-Aziz.
Abd-El-Aziz, along with UPEI Board of Governors chairman, Tom Cullen, co-chaired the Chancellor Electoral Committee.
McDougall attended both St. Dunstan’s High School and University. He taught high school in Summerside before moving to London, Ont., to attend the University of Western Ontario where he completed his Master of Business Administration degree in 1961. He spent the next 12 years in managerial positions with the Labatt Brewing Company, and then served as president from 1973–79.
He acquired Stratford, Ont.-based Novatronics Inc. in 1983, and over the next 20 years, expanded the aerospace company globally before selling to Curtis-Wright Inc. in 2003. He continued to be involved in a number of private and public companies and organizations including Rambri Management, Burlington’s Investments, eJust Systems, Systemhouse Inc., St. Raymond Paper Company, the Science and Technology Fund, and Slemon Park Corporation.
In 1976, he was elected Canada’s “Baseball Man of the Year” and was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for his efforts in bringing the Toronto Blue Jays to Toronto.
“This is an unexpected, but much appreciated honour. Both Marion and I graduated from UPEI and have a deep debt of gratitude to our alma mater,” said McDougall. “As chancellor, I will strive to contribute constructively to the governance of the University and will engage with and motivate our students to excel in their chosen professions.”
McDougall and his wife currently reside in Stratford, Ont., and have a summer residence in Ebbsfleet, P.E.I.
McDougall will replace the University’s seventh chancellor William E. “Bill” Andrew who was installed in 2005 whose term concludes in 2013.