7 August 2007: Australian Catholic University (ACU) Chancellor Brother Julian McDonald CFC AO has announced that Professor Greg Craven has been appointed as the University’s new Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Craven, the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy & Planning) at Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia, will assume the role of Vice-Chancellor in February 2008. He will succeed Professor Peter Sheehan AO, who is stepping down after 10 years as the University’s chief executive.
“On behalf of the entire University community I would like to warmly congratulate Professor Craven on his appointment as Vice-Chancellor and look forward to welcoming him to the University in the near future,” Brother Julian said.
“Professor Craven has enjoyed a distinguished career in academia, the law and public life. In addition to his two years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Curtin University of Technology, Professor Craven was the foundation Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia and prior to this held academic positions at the University of Melbourne. He has also served as Crown Counsel for the State of Victoria. Importantly, he identifies strongly with the academic, social and spiritual ethos of ACU and is an ideal candidate to lead the University into an exciting future.
“At this time, I would like to publicly acknowledge the extremely high quality candidates who applied for the position of Vice-Chancellor. The fact that so many outstanding applicants expressed interest in the role truly speaks to the high regard in which the University is held in the higher education and wider community.
“As we look to the future I want to publicly recognise the extraordinary leadership of our outgoing Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO. He has overseen advances and developments that have enhanced the reputation and standing of the University in the higher education sector in particular and in the wider community in general.”
Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.