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VICE-CHANCELLORS

Dr Colin Aikman

Years: 1968 – 1974

Dr Colin Aikman was the first Vice-Chancellor of USP and served the University for seven (7) years from 1968 – 1974. Dr Aikman attained his Master of Laws from Victoria University and PhD from the London School of Economics. As part of his previous work experience, he was Professor of jurisprudence and constitutional law at Victoria University of Wellington between 1955 and 1968 and Dean of the Law Faculty. He was instrumental in drafting the Charter of USP, under which the University is governed. Dr Aikman received USP’s Honorary Degree of Doctor in 1992.

Dr Colin Aikman
Dr James Maraj

Dr James Maraj

Years: 1975 – 1982

Dr James Maraj was the Vice-Chancellor of USP for eight (8) years from 1975 – 1982. Dr Maraj had a Bachelors degree with a double major in Psychology and Education from The University of West Indies. He then completed a PhD from the University of Brimingham, UK and, in 1983 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Loughborough University, UK. He was the Director, Education Division, Commonwealth Secretariat from 1970 – 1972 and Commonwealth Assistant Secretary General from 1973 –1975 before joining USP. Dr Maraj was the first President of the Commonwealth of Learning, set up in 1988.

Prof Frank Brosnahan

Years: 1982 – 1983

Professor Frank Brosnahan was the interim Vice-Chancellor of USP for a little over one year from June 1982 – October 1983. He had a Master of Arts from New Zealand in addition to a Doctor of Letters and Master of Philosophy. Before taking up his role as the Vice-Chancellor, he served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1972 – 1979 as well served on many of the committees of the USP Senate including academic, Extension Services, Library advisory, Planning and Administrative, Publications, Schools Liaison and honorary degrees committee. He had joined USP as a Professor in English.

Prof Frank Brosnahan
Mr Geoffery Caston

Mr Geoffery Caston

Years: 1983 – 1992

Mr Geoffery Caston served USP as the Vice-Chancellor for ten (10) years from 1983 – 1992. He studied History and Law at Peterhouse, Cambridge and later completed his Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. He was appointed Registrar of the University of Oxford in 1972, and was also made a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He left Oxford in 1979, and served as Secretary-General to the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals until 1983 when he joined USP as the Vice-Chancellor. As the Vice-Chancellor, his main focus was balancing research and teaching.

Mr Esekia Solofa

Years: 1992 – 2001

Mr Solofa served as the Vice-Chancellor for nine (9) years. A Samoan national, he had a Bachelor of Science from University of Canterbury and Master of Public Administration from Harvard. Prior to his appointment, he was the Director for Planning and Development at USP from 1983 – 1991. The University celebrated its 25th Anniversary during his tenure where he had mentioned that, “the next 25 years will see the demands of the region and the needs of the communities grow in complexity and sophistication.”

Mr Esekia Solofa
Mr Savenaca Siwatibau

Mr Savenaca Siwatibau

Years: 2001 - 2003

Mr Savenaca Siwatibau was the Vice-Chancellor of USP for three years. He studied economics at Victoria University of Wellington. Later, he graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Economics. Prior to this, Mr Siwatibau was the Permanent Secretary of Finance in Fiji Government in the 1970s and was later involved in USP as a Government Representative on the University Council and served as the Pro-Chancellor of USP from 1997 – 1999. Mr Siwatibau was also the first Governor of Reserve Bank of Fiji in 1982 for a period of seven years. He was a renowned economist.

Professor Anthony Tarr

Years: 2005 – 2007

Professor Anthony Tarr was the Vice-Chancellor of USP for two years from May 2005 until 2007. Professor Tarr holds PhDs from Cambridge University in Britain and Canterbury in New Zealand. Before taking up the position, Professor Tarr was the Dean and Professor of Law at Indiannapolis University in Indianna and had been widely recognised for his achievements as a senior university executive. He is also an internationally acclaimed legal scholar.

Professor Anthony Tarr
Professor Rajesh Chandra

Professor Rajesh Chandra

Years: 2007 - present

Professor Rajesh Chandra is the current Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, a position he has held from July 2008. He graduated in 1975 with Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Certificate in Education from USP. Professor Chandra also holds Master of Arts degree from USP and PhD from the University of British Columbia. Prior to his appointment, Professor Chandra held various senior academic positions at USP such as Acting Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor and Head of Geography, and Director of Planning and Development. Professor Chandra is the first USP graduate to become the Vice-Chancellor.