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His Majesty King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV

Years: 1971 – 1973

His Majesty the late King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV was appointed the 1st Chancellor of USP in 1971. He served a term of two years. A keen sportsman and religious preacher during his youth, he was appointed Minister for Education by Queen Salote in 1943, Minister of Health in 1944, and Premier in 1949. He was educated at Newington College and studied Law at Sydney University while being a resident at Wesley College in Sydney, Australia. His term as Chancellor ended in 1973.

King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV
Hammer DeRoburt

His Excellency President Hammer DeRoburt

Years: 1974 – 1976

His Excellency Hammer DeRoburt was appointed the 2nd Chancellor of USP for a period of two years from 1974. H.E DeRobut led Nauru to its independence in 1968 and was the President for most of its first 20 years of independence. In 1982 this late founding President of the Republic of Nauru was given an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II. His term as a Chancellor ended in 1976.

Honourable Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara

Years: 1977 – 1979

Honourable Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara was appointed the 3rd Chancellor of USP for a period of two years from 1977-1979. Hon Mara is considered the founding father of the modern nation of Fiji. He was Chief Minister from 1967 to 1970, when Fiji gained its independence from the United Kingdom. He was also the first Prime Minister of Fiji. His term as a Chancellor concluded in 1979.

Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
Honourable Sir Baddeley Devesi

Honourable Sir Baddeley Devesi

Years: 1980 – 1983

Sir Baddeley Devesi was appointed the 4th Chancellor of USP for a period of three years in 1980. The Solomon Island politician served as the first Governor-General of the Solomon Islands for two consecutive terms. He later served as Foreign Minister, Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister from 1990 to 1993 and 1997 to 2000 consecutively. Sir Devesi completed his term as Chancellor in 1983.

Honourable Ieremia Tabai

Years: 1983 – 1986

Sir Ieremia Tabai was appointed the 5th Chancellor of USP in 1983 and served a term of three years. He was also USP’s Pro Chancellor from 1991 – 1997. Mr Tabai was the first President of Kiribati and described as one of the most able leaders of the Pacific island States. He received his education in New Zealand. Following his retirement from Presidency, Tabai served as Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum from 1992 until 1998. His term as USP Chancellor ended in 1986.

Honourable Ieremia Tabai
Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II

His Highness Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II

Years: 1986 - 1989

His Highness Susuga Tanumafili II was appointed the 6th Chancellor of USP in 1986. He served a term of three years. He was the Malietoa, the title of one of Samoa's four paramount chiefs, and the head of state, or O le Ao o le Malo, a position that he held for life, of Samoa from 1962 to 2007. He was Co-Chief of State in 1962 and became the Sole Head of State on 15 April 1963. At the time of his death, he was the oldest national leader in the world. His term as Chancellor ended in 1989.

His Excellency, President Frederick Karlomuana Timakata

Years: 1989 – 1992

His Excellency, President Frederick Karlomuana Timakata was appointed the 7th Chancellor of USP in 1989. He served a term of three years. H.E President Timakata, a Vanuatu politician, served as Acting President of Vanuatu briefly in 1984, and subsequently as President from 1989 to 1994. He was also a Reverend. His term as Chancellor ended in 1992.

Frederick Karlomuana Timakata
Geoffrey Henry

Honourable Sir Geoffrey Henry

Years: 1992 - 1995

Sir Geoffrey Henry was appointed the 8th Chancellor of USP for three years in 1992. The Cook Islands politician was appointed the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands twice. He was leader of the Cook Islands Party (CIP) from 1979 to 2006 and in 2009, Henry was elected to a four-year term as President of the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee. In 2011 he was elected Speaker of the Cook Islands Parliament. His term as USP Chancellor ended in 1995.

His Excellency President Amata Kabua

Years: 1995 - 1996

His Excellency President Amata Kabua was appointed the 9th Chancellor of USP for a one-year period from 1995. He began his career as a school teacher and was elected to the Congress of Micronesia in 1963, serving one term as its President. He was the first President of the Marshall Islands and served as President for five consecutive terms from 1979 to 1996. His term as Chancellor ended in 1996.

Amata Kabua
Honourable Sir Tulaga Manuella

Honourable Sir Tulaga Manuella

Years: 1997 - 2000

Honourable Sir Tulaga Manuella was appointed the 10th Chancellor of USP for a three-year term from 1997. With his background in finance and education, the Tuvalu politician became President of the Tuvalu National Private Sector Organisation. He stood as a pro-Government candidate in a by-election in the Nanumea constituency. In April 2015, he was appointed the Tuvalu Minister for Health. His term as the Chancellor ended in 2000.

Honourable Sani Elia Lakatani

Years: 2000 – 2003

Honourable Sani Elia Lakatani was appointed the 11th Chancellor of USP in 2000. He served a term of three years. A member of the Niue People’s Party, Honourable Lakatani first won entry to Niue's Assembly in 1990 and became Minister of Finance and Economic Development. Later, in 1999 he became the Premier of Niue. His term as the Chancellor of USP ended in 2003.

Honourable Sani Elia Lakatani
Kolouei O'Brien

Honourable Kolouei O'Brien

Years: 2003 - 2006

Honourable Kolouei O'Brien was appointed the 12th Chancellor of USP in 2003. He served on the position for three years. Honourable O'Brien had a Master’s Degree in navigation/yachting. He served as the Head of the Government of Tokelau three times. He completed his term as Chancellor of USP in 2006.

Honourable Jim Marurai

Years: 2006 - 2007

Honourable Jim Marurai was appointed the 13th Chancellor of USP for a one-year term from 2006. He received his education at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. The Cook Islands politician and former Prime Minister was a member of the Democratic Party in Cook Islands. He joined the coalition cabinet in 1999. His term as the USP Chancellor ended in 2007.

Honourable Jim Marurai
Beretitenti Anote Tong

His Excellency Beretitenti Anote Tong

Years: 2007 – 2008

His Excellency Beretitenti Anote Tong was appointed the 14th Chancellor of USP in 2007. He is an I-Kiribati politician with Chinese heritage who served as President of Kiribati from 2003 to 2016. He has been at the forefront of raising global awareness about catastrophic risks caused by climate change. His term as USP Chancellor ended in 2008.

His Excellency, Mr. Litokwa Tomeing

Years: 2008 - 2009

His Excellency Mr Litokwa Tomeing was appointed the 15th Chancellor of USP in 2008 for a one year term. Shortly after the country’s full independence as a sovereign nation he became one of the 33 members of the Marshall Islands’ Nitijela in 1979. He became Vice Speaker of the Nitijela from 1992 to 1995, and then the Minister in Assistance to the President. HE Tomeing became Speaker of the Nitijela in 2000 until his election to the Presidency in January 2008. His term as Chancellor ended in 2009.

Litokwa Tomeing
His Excellency Marcus Stephen

His Excellency Marcus Stephen

Years: 2009 - 2010

His Excellency Marcus Stephen was appointed the 16th Chancellor of USP in 2009. He served a term of one year. Before he entered politics, His Excellency Marcus Stephen made his name through the sport of weightlifting. He entered three Olympic Games but he has had his greatest success at the Commonwealth Games, where he was a three-time gold medallist. His also had a remarkable political career, from his election to the Nauru Parliament in May 2003 to his installation as President in December 2007. His term as the Chancellor of USP concluded in 2010.

His Highness
Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi

Years: 2010 - April 2011

His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi was appointed the 17th Chancellor of USP in 2010, a role he served for one year. He received his education at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The Samoan political figure became the country’s Head of State in 2007. Previously he was Prime Minister of Samoa from 1976 to 1982 and again later in 1982. He ended his term as Chancellor in 2011.

His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi
Frank Utu Ofagioro Kabui

Sir Frank Utu Ofagioro Kabui

Years: 2011 - June 2012

Sir Frank Utu Ofagioro Kabui was appointed the 18th Chancellor of USP in 2011. He served a term of one year. He has been the Governor General of Solomon Islands since 7 July 2009 and is a trained judge, having been the first law graduate of the Solomon Islands in 1975. Sir Kabui is a former member of the Solomon Islands Bar Association (SIBA), having twice served as its President. His term as USP Chancellor ended in 2012.

His Excellency, Aliki Faipule Kerisiano Kalolo

Years: July 2012 - June 2013

His Excellency Aliki Faipule Kerisiano Kalolo was the 19th Chancellor of USP from 2012 for a period of one year. The Tokelau politician served as the Head of the Government of Tokelau and was a member of the Council for the Government of Tokelau. He served as Minister for Foreign Affairs, Education, Economic Development, Natural Resources and the Environment, prior to and then simultaneously to his leadership of the government. His term as Chancellor ended in June.

Aliki Faipule Kerisiano Kalolo
ʻAhoʻeitu Tupou VI

His Majesty, ʻAhoʻeitu Tupou VI

Years: July 2013 - June 2014

His Majesty ʻAhoʻeitu Tupou VI, the King of Tonga was appointed the 20th Chancellor of USP from 2013. He served a term of one year. He graduated with a Masters in Defence Studies from the University of New South Wales in 1997 and with a MA in International Relations from Bond University in 1999. He started his career in the military, joining the naval arm of the Tonga Defence Services in 1982 and became a Lieutenant-Commander in 1987. He served as Tonga's High Commissioner to Australia, before assuming the throne in 2012. His term as USP Chancellor ended in 2014.

His Excellency, Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli

Years: 2014 - 2015

Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli, the Governor General of Tuvalu, was the 21st Chancellor of USP for a term of one year. Sir Iakoba graduated from USP in 1989 with a Certificate in Legal Studies and in 1991 completed a Diploma in Legal Studies. He also completed a Bachelor of Law degree in 1997 and Professional Diploma in Legal Practice in 1998. He was the Minister of Education, Health and Sports from 2006-2010 after which he took up the role of Governor-General of Tuvalu. His term as Chancellor ended in 2015.

Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli
Baldwin Jacobson Lonsdale

His Excellency, Baldwin Jacobson Lonsdale

Years: 2015 - 2016

His Excellency, Baldwin Jacobson Lonsdale, the former President of Vanautu, was the 22nd Chancellor of USP for a term of one year. The ni-Vanuatu politician and Anglican priest served as President of Vanuatu since 22 September 2014. Before becoming President he was Secretary General of the province of Torba on the island of Mota Lava. His term as the USP Chancellor concluded in 2016.

Honourable Henry Puna

Years: 2016 - 2017

Honourable Henry Tuakeu Puna, the Prime Minister of Cook Islands, was the 23rd Chancellor of USP, a position he served in for a year. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1979 from the University of Tasmania in Australia. He is a member of the Cook Islands Party and was the Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Transport and the Ministry of Trade and Labour, before assuming office as the Prime Minister of Cook Islands in November 2010. His term as Chancellor ended in 2017.

Honourable Henry Puna
His Excellency Major General (Ret'd) Jioji Konousi Konrote

His Excellency Major General (Ret'd) Jioji Konousi Konrote

Years: 2017 – 2018

His Excellency Jioji Konrote is the 24th and current Chancellor of USP. He will serve for one year. Major General (Ret'd) Konrote has been the President of Fiji since 2015. Prior to this, he has had a distinguished career including being a retired Major-General of the Fiji Military Forces. He was Fiji’s High Commissioner to Australia; Minister for Immigration; and Minister for Employment being elected as President of Fiji.