William Lahey

William Lahey

President & Vice-Chancellor

William Lahey William Lahey


Lahey became the 25thPresident and Vice-Chancellor of the University of King’s College on July 1, 2016.  Professor and former public servant, Lahey received his undergraduate arts degree from Mount Allison University, followed by degrees in jurisprudence from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto.

Lahey is a scholar who works at the boundaries between law and other disciplines: history, political science, public administration, economics, health and environmental sciences. He began his career as clerk for Mr. Justice La Forest of the Supreme Court of Canada, has been Deputy Minister of Nova Scotia’s Department of Environment and Labour, head of the Dalhousie Health Law Institute, and is frequently called upon to help sort out some of this region’s most difficult and interesting public policy challenges. At his heart, he’s an educator who says that his proudest professional accomplishment is the contribution he has made to the lives of his students. Prior to his arrival at King’s, Lahey was Associate Professor at Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law.

“I understand and believe in the power of an education in the humanities combined with a small college community experience within a larger university context. Equally, I understand the vital importance of journalism to our society because of my broad engagement with public affairs,” said Lahey. “King’s innovation and leadership in both is illustrative of the University’s distinctiveness as a small university which is special not only because it is small but also because it thinks and acts big on a large canvas. I welcome the opportunity to ensure the importance of King’s is deeply understood, appreciated and concretely valued both at King’s and in the wider community.”

Installation of President William Lahey

President Lahey’s installation speech

Remarks from President and Vice-Chancellor William Lahey

Installation Photo Gallery

Presidential Installation: Prof. William Lahey

Past Presidents