Dr. Peter M. Meehan serves as the University’s 8th President and Vice Chancellor. The Board of Governors appointed Dr. Meehan to this role commencing July 13, 2020.
Dr. Meehan comes to St. Jerome’s University (SJU) with a distinguished record of senior leadership in Catholic higher education. Since 2014, he has been the President of Corpus Christi/St. Mark’s College, the affiliated Catholic college of the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he has led the college through a period of new program development and a fivefold increase in student enrollments. He is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities of Canada.
Among his many successes at St. Mark’s was a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign for mission-focused initiatives and implementing a financial sustainability plan for the college. Under Dr. Meehan’s leadership, St. Mark’s has established its place as the “Catholic Centre” of UBC.
An experienced administrator, Dr. Meehan has a strong track record of working across institutions to create successful partnerships. Prior to taking his post in Vancouver, Dr. Meehan was Chair of Seneca College’s School of Liberal Arts and Academic Partnerships and Dean in the Faculty of Academic Quality and University Partnerships, where he was responsible for Seneca’s ground-breaking liberal arts and science partnership with York University and the University of Toronto.
Dr. Meehan received a Doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto. His academic research and teaching focus was on the social and educational history of the Catholic Church in Canada. His doctoral thesis was on Catholic education in Ontario and his most recent research, which was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Toronto, details the life of Phillip Pocock, the seventh Archbishop of Toronto.
Dr. Meehan returned to Ontario joined by his wife Laura and children Peter Edward, Bridget, Claire and Rory.