Lincoln Alexander one of the country’s most groundbreaking leaders died on Friday at the age of 90.

Alexander’s is often called a Canadian trailblazer. He was the first person in his family to attend a post-secondary institution; was the country’s first black MP; the first visible minority appointed as Ontario’s lieutenant-governor; and the University of Guelph’s longest serving chancellor.

President of the University of Guelph, Alastair Summerlee said Alexander valued education.

“He talked all the time about how important it was that students should go to school and how much they need to value their education. He was an incredible ambassador for the university.”

Alexander served as the university’s chancellor from 1991 until 2007.