Rt General Peter Cosgrove in a former interview with ABC Radio
General Peter Cosgrove will be the next chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, according to The Australian.
"I've spent most of my working life working with brilliant young Australians," he is cited saying. "Now, that brilliance may not have been expressed academically, intellectually, because often they were salt-of-the-earth soldiers."
The man who was commander in East Timor, chief of the defence force and Australian of the Year, brings another mark of distinction to the university.
He acknowledges ACU is not a "polymath" place, as old sandstone universities are reputed to be, but feels "it's better to be deeply proficient in a few areas than to spread available resources quite thinly".
More than half of ACU's 18,806 students are preparing for careers in a classroom or hospital.
"This thought of churning out teachers and nurses for Australia and many of our neighbours is a fantastic thing - two very practical but professional walks of life where you want people with the keenest possible minds," General Cosgrove says.
Peter Cosgrove takes up university quarters (The Australian)
Screenshot from 2009 Boyer Lectures - Ret. General Peter Cosgrove (abcradionational/YouTube)