University of Prince Edward Island

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University of Prince Edward Island
Former names
Prince of Wales College (1860); Saint Dunstan's University (1855)
Motto Faith, Knowledge, Service
Type Public
Established 1969
Affiliation non-denominational
Endowment $20 million
Chancellor Don McDougall
President Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz
Academic staff
252 permanent, 51 term faculty (includes 5 3M Teaching Award winners & 15 funded research chairs)
Students 4,555[1]
Undergraduates 4,251
Postgraduates 304

550 University Avenue, 550 University Avenue

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada C1A 4P3 Telephone: 902-566-0439 Fax: 902-566-0795
Campus mixed rural / urban
Sport Teams UPEI Panthers
Colours          Green & Red
Nickname Panthers
Mascot Pride the Panther
Affiliations ACU; CIS; AUCC; AUS; CBIE

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is a public liberal arts university in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, and the sole university in the province. Founded in 1969, the enabling legislation is the University Act, R.S.P.E.I 2000. [2]


The university traces its roots back to 1804, when Lt. Governor Edmund Fanning and the Legislative Council of Prince Edward Island called for the establishment of Kent College. By 1820, the first Kent College building, known as "the National School", or James Breading's School was erected. Later succeeded by Central Academy, which received a Royal Charter in 1834. The Colleges were renamed for the Prince of Wales in honour of the future King Edward VII in 1860.[3] The University of Prince Edward Island also traces its roots back to its two earlier predecessor organizations, St. Dunstan's University and Prince of Wales College, founded in 1855 and 1860 respectively.[4] The two institutions were merged in 1969 by the government of Alex Campbell as part of a campaign to integrate the Island's Roman Catholic and Protestant communities, which had previously maintained the two separate institutions of higher learning. Holland College was later created to fill the void left by the merger of Prince of Wales College into the university. The University of Prince Edward Island is a non-denominational university established in 1969 by the amalgamation of Prince of Wales College (PWC) founded in 1834, and St. Dunstan's University (SDU) founded in 1855.[4] The first student to enrol was Elizabeth Rollins Epperly, who would later become president.[5] Its predecessor institutions ceased to operate although St. Dunstan's still retains its charter and the lands that were home to Prince of Wales became the campus for Holland College. UPEI is located on the former St. Dunstan's campus.


On 8 May 2004 Canada Post issued 'University of Prince Edward Island, 1804-2004' as part of the Canadian Universities series. The stamp was based on a design by Denis L'Allier and on a photograph by Guy Lavigueur. The 49¢ stamps are perforated 13.5 and were printed by Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.[3]


An aerial view of the UPEI campus in 2008

UPEI's campus, located at the corner of Belvedere and University Avenues in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island's capital city, is built on 134 acres (54 hectares) of land. The Confederation Trail runs alongside its eastern boundary.

Original SDU buildings in the central quadrangle have been renovated to retain integrity of their exterior aesthetic design while meeting modern standards. Main Building, built in 1854, and Dalton Hall, built between 1917 and 1919, are on the registry of Historic Places of Canada.[6][7]

The War Memorial Hall (more generally known as Memorial Hall) is a landmark building on the campus of UPEI. Built as a men’s residence building in 1946, Memorial Hall honours alumni who had enlisted and died in the First World War, and in the Second World War.[8]

Over the past three decades, UPEI has experienced significant growth with many new buildings integrated into the campus, including Central Utility Building (1973), Duffy Science Centre (1967), Blanchard Hall (1973), Bernardine Hall (1968), Robertson Library (1975), Atlantic Veterinary College (1986), Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre (1990), Wanda Wyatt Dining Hall (1990), Food Technology Centre, K.C. Irving Chemistry Centre (1997), W.A. Murphy Student Centre (2002), MacLauchlan Arena (2004), Bill and Denise Andrew Hall residence facility (2006), expansions to the Atlantic Veterinary College (2007 and 2009), Regis and Joan Duffy Research Centre (2007), a research and development laboratory which is home to the National Research Council of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and other partners, and Don and Marion McDougall Hall (2008). The most recent addition is the Health Sciences Building, home to the School of Nursing and Applied Human Sciences programs.[9]

In October 2004, the UPEI administration undertook an official campus plan to improve the aesthetics of modern buildings constructed since the amalgamation which do not enhance the original SDU design, and to take overall campus aesthetics into account for future developments on and adjacent to the campus.


The current President is Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, installed July 1, 2011. The current chancellor is Dr. Don MacDougall.[10]


UPEI offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in four faculties — Arts, Science, Education, and Veterinary Medicine — and two schools — Business and Nursing.[9] Bachelor's degree programs, in many cases including "honours" options, are available in Arts, Science, Business Administration, Education, and Nursing. Co-op programs have been established in Business Administration, Computer Science, Physics, and Dietetics. One new faculty, Veterinary Medicine, and two schools, Business Administration and Nursing, were added as the university expanded.

Master's and Doctoral degree programs were first introduced through the Atlantic Veterinary College and, beginning in 1999, a Master of Science degree was offered through the Faculty of Science. In that same year the first students were admitted to the university's new Master of Education program. As of 2010, in addition to the MEd graduate program, the Faculty of Education offered a PhD in Educational Studies. The university also now offers a Master of Arts in Island Studies. Recently the School of Business Administration began offering an Executive Master of Business Administration degree. Since 1998, The Centre for Conflict Resolution Studies has been offering courses leading to a Certificate in Conflict Resolution Studies. The Master of Applied Health Services Research (MAHSR) program is coordinated by the Atlantic Research Training Centre (ARTC).

The Faculty of Education offers one-year post-degree bachelor's degrees with specializations in international, adult, and indigenous education, French immersion and human resources development, a Master of Education (MEd) in leadership in learning, and a PhD in Educational Studies.

The Department of Applied Human Sciences has an accredited dietitian program. The university is accredited by a professional organization such as the Dietitians of Canada and the university's graduates may subsequently become registered dieticians.

The Office of Skills Development and Learning provides professional development courses applicable to many sectors and industries, including development programs for administrative assistants and new managers; collaboration, conflict, and communication training; and, financial management courses.[11]


In Macleans magazine's University Rankings 2015, UPEI was ranked with Laurentian University in 10th place among all Canadian universities for offering primarily undergraduate education.[12]


UPEI manages over $17 million in annual research expenditures.[13] The on-campus biosciences and health research facility is used by researchers from UPEI, National Research Council (Canada), and Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada.[9]

UPEI houses the L.M. Montgomery Institute, founded in 1993, which promotes scholarly inquiry into the life, works, culture, and influence of the Canadian writer, L.M. Montgomery. The collection of novels, manuscripts, texts, letters, photographs, sound recordings and artifacts and other Montgomery ephemera.[14]

Student life[edit]


Main article: UPEI Panthers
UPEI Panthers

The UPEI Panthers have nine teams playing in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) and the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), including men's and women's ice hockey, soccer, basketball, as well as women's field hockey and rugby union and co-ed swimming.

The UPEI campus provides its students with many athletics amenities typically found on university campuses. The CARI Complex is a public recreation facility located on the campus and includes two hockey rinks (the MacLauchlan Arena as well as a practice rink) as well as two 25-metre swimming pools (a shallow recreational wading pool, and an eight-lane competitive pool with diving boards).[15][16] In 2009 UPEI inaugurated the UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place[17] which was built in part to host the 2009 Canada Games. It consists of a "class 2" eight-lane 400-metre running track and rugby field that has spectator seating for 1,335.


UPEI accommodates 434 students in three residences, Bill and Denise Andrew Hall, Blanchard Hall, and Bernardine Hall. Bill and Denise Andrew Hall has two-room suites with single bedrooms.[18] In Blanchard Hall, each suite has two single bedrooms with a kitchenette and a living room.[19] Bernardine Hall (known as "Bernie" to the students) offers suites with two double bedrooms. Although the hall is co-ed, one floor is female-only.[20]

UPEI/SDU/PWC notable people[edit]


  • James Charles McGuigan - Cardinal; Archbishop of Toronto; Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome.
  • Joseph Anthony O'Sullivan - also grad of Grand Seminary of Montreal; Archbishop of Kingston, Ontario; Titular Archbishop of Maraguia
  • James Morrison (bishop) - Archbishop, Bishop of Antigonish, NS; studied at the Urban College of the Congregatio de Propaganda Fide in Rome.
  • James Charles McDonald - 4th Bishop of Charlottetown; also studied at Grand Seminary in Montreal
  • John T. McNeill - Theological Historian; also graduate of McGill University, University of Edinburgh, and University of Chicago


  • Heather G. Morrison - Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University, Medical Doctor, Chief Public Health Officer of PEI.
  • Sir Andrew Macphail - Physician; Writer for Chicago Times; Enlisted in Canadian Army in WW I at age 50 as ambulance driver. Knighted in 1918 for literary and military work.
  • John Joseph Alban Gillis - Surgeon, British Columbia Political Figure


  • Frank Zakem - LLD, B.A., B.Ed., B.Com, OPEI. Businessman, Politician Educator, Author
  • Brenton St. John - Businessman, fish factory director, farm commodity exporter; Speaker of PEI Legislative Assembly
  • Henry Callbeck - Ship Builder, Businessman, Sheriff of Queens County, Governor of Prince of Wales College
  • Don McDougall (baseball) - President of Labatt Brewing Company; principal in establishment of Toronto Blue Jays

Prince Edward Island Lieutenant Governor (Viceregal)[edit]

Prince Edward Island Premier[edit]

Prince Edward Island Members Legislative Assembly[edit]

Canada National Government[edit]

Provincial/Local Governments of Canada[edit]

  • David Laird - 1st Lieutenant Governor of Northwest Territories, Canada; Indian Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, Manitoba, and Keewatin
  • Bob MacQuarrie - Ontario MLA
  • George Washington McPhee - Saskatchewan Member of Parliament of Canada; Attorney, King's Counsel
  • Robert Deschamps - Member National Assembly of Quebec; Parti Québécois member and supporter of sovereignty of Quebec
  • F.H. Auld - Agricultural Scientist, Saskatchewan Deputy Minister of Agriculture, 1916–46
  • Harold Lloyd Henderson - Presbyterian Minister, Mayor Portage la Prairie, Manitoba; also grad McGill University
  • John Salmon Lamont - PWC and Princeton University, Reeve of Assinibola, Manitoba

Arts and Letters[edit]


  • John Angus Weir - 4th President of Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario; also grad University of Notre Dame
  • William Christopher Macdonald - 4th Chancellor of McGill University; founder MacDonald & Brothers tobacco company
  • Elizabeth Rollins Epperly - Victorian Scholar; grad UPEI and University of London; President of UPEI, 1995–98
  • Eddie Gardner - Elder-in-Residence University of the Fraser Valley; founder Open-Net Salmon Boycott
  • Marin Gallant - Educator, MLA, Inspector for PEI French Schools
  • William Edwin Cameron - first Saint Dunstan's Rhodes Scholar, SDU Class of 1904


  • Jean-Louis Levesque - Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Racehorse Owner (part owner of Triple Crown winner Secretariat)

Prince Edward Island Law/Legal[edit]

Other Canada Law/Legal[edit]

  • Sir James Hyndman - Alberta Supreme Court Judge; Inducted as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1948.

U.S. Government[edit]

  • Jacob Gould Schurman - US Ambassador to Germany; President Cornell University
  • Cyrus S. Ching - U.S. federal administrator, US Department of Labor Hall of Honor
  • James U. Campbell - 25th Chief Justice Oregon USA Supreme Court; U.S. Lieutenant in Philippines during Spanish-American War
  • Burpee L. Steeves - 9th Lieutenant Governor of Idaho; also grad Willamette University, Oregon

Prince Edward Island Local Government[edit]



  • Scott Morrison (basketball coach) - 2014-15 NBA Developmental League (D-League) Coach of the Year with Maine Red Claws (owned by Boston Celtics)
  • Al MacAdam - NHL Hockey Player, Stanley Cup Champion 1974, NHL All-Star 1976 & 1977
  • Bill MacMillan - NHL Hockey Player, Bronze Medal 1976 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France
  • Joel Ward - NHL Hockey Player, Team Canada 2014 World Championship in Minsk, Belarus
  • Dave Cameron - NHL Coach (2016 Ass't Coach Calgary Flames) and Player (Colorado Rockies and New Jersey Devils)
  • Darwin McCutcheon - Hockey player; five years professional in American Hockey League and Int'l Hockey League. Played one game in NHL for Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Gerry Fleming - NHL hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens and American Hockey League for the Fredericton Canadiens.
  • Jim Foley - CFL Football Player, Grey Cup Champion 1973 & 1976, Most Outstanding Canadian Player 1975
  • Vernon Pahl - CFL Football Player, Grey Cup Champion 1984 & 1988
  • Erin Carmody - Curler, MVP 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts
  • Paul Craig (soccer) - NASL Soccer Player, FC Edmonton
  • Kara Grant - Modern Pentathlon: Athens Olympics 2004 and Beijing Olympics 2008; Bronze Medalist at Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2002
  • Cory Vitarelli - Lacrosse player for Rochester (NY) Knighthawks in National Lacrosse League. Three time Champion's Cup winner.
  • Ryan Anstey - soccer player Toronto Lynx USL First Division, Crown Prosecutor in Alberta
  • Jared Gomes (ice hockey) - hockey player; Bridgeport Sound Tigers, American Hockey League
  • Brian Passmore - hockey player; Augusta Lynx, East Coast Hockey League
  • Justin Donati - hockey player; Brampton Beast, East Coast Hockey League; St. Michael's Majors, Ontario Hockey League
  • Mitch Murphy - Standardbred Canada Board of Directors (horse racing); MLA

Honoray Degree[edit]

  • Ted Kennedy - Honorary Doctor of Laws from Saint Dunstan's University and SDU Class of 1964 Commencement Speaker

Notable UPEI Faculty[edit]

  • Angus Bernard MacEachern - Founded St. Andrew's College; 1st Bishop of Charlottetown (incl Magdalen Islands); studied theology in Spain.
  • Bernard Donald Macdonald - 2nd Bishop of Charlottetown; Supervisor of construction of Saint Dunstan's College
  • Wade MacLauchlan - 32nd Premier of PEI, President UPEI; grad University of New Brunswick and Yale University with Masters of Law
  • William E. Andrew - Chancellor UPEI
  • Ronald James Baker - 1st President of UPEI; British Air Force WW II; Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; grad University of British Columbia and School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Full-time plus Part-time Enrollment" (PDF). Association of Atlantic Universities. 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  2. ^ University Act, R.S.P.E.I 2000
  3. ^ a b Postage Stamp
  4. ^ a b "University of Prince Edward Island". The Canadian Encyclopedia. 
  5. ^ "UPEI honours Dr. Elizabeth 'Betsy' Epperly through plaza dedication". University of Prince Edward Island. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Main Building Registry of Historic Places of Canada
  7. ^ Dalton Hall Registry of Historic Places of Canada
  8. ^ War Memorial Hall
  9. ^ a b c "UPEI". 
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^
  14. ^ L.M. Montgomery Institute[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Aquatics Facility Description". Capital Area Recreation Inc. Archived from the original on 25 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  16. ^ "Hosting History" (PDF). Capital Area Recreation Inc. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  17. ^ "UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place". University of Prince Edward Island. Archived from the original on 20 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  18. ^ Residence | Student Life
  19. ^ Residence | Student Life
  20. ^ Residence | Student Life

Histories of the University[edit]

  • Bruce, Marian. A Century of Excellence: Prince of Wales College, 1860-1969. Charlottetown: Prince of Wales Alumni Association/Island Studies Press, 2005.
  • Bruce, Marian. Pets, Professors, and Politicians: The Founding and Early Years of the Atlantic Veterinary College. Charlottetown: Atlantic Veterinary College/Island Studies Press, 2004.
  • MacEachern, Alan. Utopian U: The Founding of the University of Prince Edward Island, 1968-1970. Charlottetown: University of Prince Edward Island, 2005.
  • Moase, Lorne Robert. "The Development of the University of Prince Edward Island, 1964-1972." M.Ed., University of New Brunswick, 1972.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°15′32″N 63°08′17″W / 46.259°N 63.138°W / 46.259; -63.138