Brother Ambrose Payne has received his ACU honorary doctorate
Brother Ambrose Payne fsc AO has received Australian Catholic University’s highest honour, Doctor of the University, in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to Catholic higher education in Australia.
Brother Ambrose Payne has an outstanding reputation in the fields of educational leadership, governance and consultancy, teacher development and pastoral care.
The establishment of Australian Catholic University in 1990 is testament to the exemplary leadership of Brother Ambrose at this dynamic time in the history of higher education in Australia.
In the late 1980s, Brother Ambrose was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Amalgamation Implementation Committee, which was set up to establish Australia’s first Catholic University. This was a complex and multifaceted role, requiring of him that he bring together four separate Colleges of Advanced Education on eight campuses, situated in three Australian States and the Australian Capital Territory with over 9,000 students. He achieved this with the support of one Cardinal, three Archbishops, the leaders of more than seven separate Catholic Religious Institutes, the Commonwealth Government and four State Governments. In addition, Brother Ambrose addressed all aspects of civil and canon law, industrial relations and all related agreements and business concerns essential for the formation of a modern University.
Brother Ambrose’s achievements in education have been widely recognised in the community. He has been made a Member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to education. He is a recipient of the Sir Harold Wyndham Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the education of young people in New South Wales and the John Taylor Medal for Excellence in Educational Leadership.
In 2004, Brother Ambrose was awarded the NSW Premier’s Award for his contribution to community service and in the following year he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to education through leadership in both secondary and tertiary sectors and to school rugby union football.