Peter Englert is the President & Vice Chancellor of Quest University Canada, which is Canada's first independent, not-for-profit, secular university. Dr. Englert's research background includes geophysical studies and space research. He participated in NASA’s Mars Observer and Mars Odyssey Missions, and was an elected board member of the International Association of Universities. He recently co-authored work on antarctic dry valleys.
Dr. Englert is a former Chancellor of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, serving from 2002 until 2005. He was appointed by then-UH President Evan Dobelle. Before coming to the University of Hawaii, Englert served as Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of Science, Architecture and Design at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
He has earned three academic degrees in nuclear chemistry from the University of Cologne, Germany. He was a faculty member and administrator at San Jose State University in California from 1983-1995, and served at Victoria University of Wellington from 1995-2002.
On May 19, 2015 It was announced that as of August 1, 2015 Dr. Peter Englert will succeed Dr. David J. Helfand. Dr. Helfand stepped down from his position after seven years to focus on his work at Columbia University. Dr. Englert is the fourth president and vice-chancellor of Quest University Canada.