Early years: Born in Stanhope, P.E.I. By the age of 10 MacLauchlan had a newspaper route, selling more than 200 newspapers per day. His father was a strong Liberal party supporter.
Education: MacLauchlan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the University of Prince Edward Island, a Bachelor of Law degree at the University of New Brunswick and a Masters of Law degree at Yale University.
Career: MacLauchlan was a law professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, then dean of the law school at the University of New Brunswick. He served as president of the University of Prince Edward Island from 1999 to 2011.
Family: Partner is Duncan McIntosh, artistic director of the Watermark Theatre in Rustico, P.E.I.
Quote: "The economy. If we can grow the top line of the economy a lot of our other issues will look after themselves." — MacLauchlan when asked what he believes is the most pressing issue facing Prince Edward Island.