A further two years for Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven.
ACU has extended the contract of Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven for a further two years. Professor Craven, whose contract has now been extended twice, will remain at the University until December 2020.
Since his appointment in 2008, Professor Craven has led university growth and development through some of the most significant changes in Australian higher education, including deregulation of student numbers, fees and funding, and revision of the student visa program.
Key achievements at ACU during Professor Craven’s leadership include: • Growth in student numbers from 11,000 to 19,000 (equivalent full-time student load); • An increase in staff numbers from 1,284 to 1,854; • A renewed focus on research including the appointment of a Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), additional support for academics, recruitment of specialist researchers, and the creation of several new institutes; • The introduction of the Faculty of Law and Business, and Theology and Philosophy; • The launch of a dynamic capital works program; • The opening of a seventh ACU campus in Adelaide.
A renowned constitutional lawyer, academic, and contributor to public debate, Professor Craven has published numerous journals and books and writes regularly for Australian newspapers. He holds positions on the Council of Australian Governments Reform Council (COAG), the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG), the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) advisory council, the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA) executive committee, the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC), the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, Universities Australia (UA), the NSW Vice-Chancellors Committee and the Victorian Vice-Chancellor's Committee.
Acting Chancellor Mr Edward Exell AM said the extended appointment confirmed Professor Craven’s leadership had been key to ACU’s success during its steady growth, which will be sustained through implementation of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.
“ACU has almost doubled through a careful and measured process that has delivered astonishing results,” he said. “Professor Craven has been central to cultivating a premier institution for educating young Australian minds that has never strayed from its mission, and commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and social justice within the Catholic intellectual tradition”.