Robin Hugh Farquhar (born December 1, 1938) is a Canadian academic and former university administrator. He was President of The University of Winnipeg from 1981 to 1989 (where he is now President Emeritus)[1] and President of Carleton University from 1989 to 1996 (where he is now Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Administration).[2]

Robin Hugh Farquhar
President of The University of Winnipeg
In office
Preceded byHenry Duckworth
Succeeded byMarsha Hanen
President of Carleton University
In office
Preceded byWilliam Edwin Beckel
Succeeded byRichard J. Van Loon
Personal details
Born (1938-12-01) December 1, 1938 (age 80)
Victoria, British Columbia
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia
University of Chicago

Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Farquhar received a B.A. (Honours) and an M.A. in English from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Chicago.[3]

Prior to his presidencies at Carleton University and The University of Winnipeg, Farquhar served as Dean of Education at the University of Saskatchewan, Assistant Director of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and Deputy Director of the University Council for Educational Administration in the U.S. He started his career as a teacher at the Edward Milne Secondary School in Sooke, British Columbia.

He chaired the Canadian Bureau for International Education and served as President of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, and he has been a Director of the Canadian Education Association, the Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation, the Inter-American Society for Educational Administration, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Corporate - Higher Education Forum in Canada, and the National Academy for School Executives in the U.S. He also served as Campaign Chair for the United Way of Winnipeg and he has been elected Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors for Academics Without Borders.

Farquhar has been named an Honorary Citizen by the City of Winnipeg, he received the Award of Merit from the Canadian Bureau for International Education, and he has been designated a Fellow of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration.

The author of well over 100 published books and articles in academic and professional journals, Farquhar has been active in recent years as an international consultant in higher education policy and management—in particular through Universities Canada, the European University Association, and the Salzburg Global Seminar—and he has recently served as a member of the governing body for the University of Madeira in Portugal and of the international strategic support group for the National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine, as well as spending five months in-country as a Strategic Advisor for establishing the University of Rwanda in Africa. Since the mid-90's Farquhar has served as a special advisor to the heads of higher education institutions in more than 20 countries throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union.

During his Carleton presidency the University achieved a ranking in the Maclean's Magazine league tables that remained its highest for more than twenty years, and Farquhar was responsible for increasing the institution's admission standards which led to an improvement in its reputation. He also managed it through an extremely challenging financial period during the first half of the 1990s, and he was accorded the title of Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Administration there in 2004.

His father (Hugh) was President of the University of Victoria during the early 1970s. Robin Farquhar is married to an artist and teacher (Fran) and they have three married daughters (Francine in Cincinnati, Kathy in Calgary, and Susan in Toronto) as well as seven grandchildren.


  1. ^ "MHS Centennial Organization: University of Winnipeg".
  2. ^ "Chancellors and Presidents". Carleton University.
  3. ^ "Robin Farquhar (Co-Chairperson)". Salzburg Global Seminar.