Australian Catholic University has reappointed Chancellor John Fahey for a five-year term, the university announced yesterday.
ACU confirmed Mr Fahey’s reappointment at its annual general meeting on May 1. His new term will begin on September 4.
In a statement yesterday, Vice-Chancellor and President Greg Craven said Mr Fahey was a “natural leader” who had guided ACU through a time of change.
“When he joined us in 2014, Mr Fahey had a very public profile at state, national and international level through a career at the helm of political, business and sporting organisations,” Professor Craven said.
“A natural leader, Mr Fahey has given ACU the same dedication he has committed to public life. Under his stewardship, the university has undergone considerable changes as we continue to emerge as a national university of stature.”
Professor Craven said the university’s growth was the result of a “long-term, sustainable strategy”. “Through this, we continue to increase the number of students we educate, to improve the quality and impact of our world-standard research, to build and develop deep and lasting partnerships both within Australia and internationally, and to graduate students who are well-equipped to handle an ever-transforming workforce,” he said.
“Our campuses are no longer small and quaint but vibrant precincts with top quality facilities and award-winning architecture. Our reach has widened through new campuses, including in Rome, and greater engagement with our communities. Our staff are diverse, dedicated, and dynamic. Our mission is flourishing.
“You don’t achieve results like this without considerable leadership, support and mentoring. Mr Fahey’s demonstration of these has been instrumental in our success. As chair of the Senate, Mr Fahey has put his confidence in the University and has encouraged our growth and maturity.”