George Pedersen

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George Pedersen
Born Knud George Pedersen
(1931-06-13) June 13, 1931 (age 85)
Three Creeks, Alberta
Occupation academic administrator

Knud George Pedersen, OC OOnt OBC (born June 13, 1931)[1] is a Canadian academic administrator. He was the president of Simon Fraser University (1979 to 1983), University of British Columbia (1983 to 1985), University of Western Ontario (1985 to 1994), interim president of the University of Northern British Columbia, and founding president of Royal Roads University (1995-). He served as chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia from 1998 until 1999.


Born in Three Creeks, Alberta, Pedersen received his B.A. from the University of British Columbia, an M.A. from the University of Washington, and his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Chicago in 1968.

In 1992, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for being "devoted to the cause of higher education." [2] In 1994, he was awarded the Order of Ontario. In 2002, he was awarded the Order of British Columbia.

In 2005, he was appointed Chair of the Board of Governors of Emily Carr Institute.


Academic offices
Preceded by
Daniel R. Birch, acting
President of Simon Fraser University
1 January 1979–31 March 1983
Succeeded by
George Ivany, acting
Preceded by
Douglas T. Kenny
President of the University of British Columbia
Succeeded by
Robert H. T. Smith
Preceded by
Alan K. Adlington, acting
President of the University of Western Ontario
Succeeded by
Paul Davenport