ACU welcomes new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

1 February 2008: Australian Catholic University (ACU) has welcomed distinguished lawyer and academic Professor Greg Craven as its new Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Greg Craven Professor Greg Craven
Professor Craven is one of Australia’s most noted authorities on constitutional and public law. He sees his appointment as an opportunity for ACU to expand on its unique position as a proud Catholic university, open to all, and as Australia’s only truly national university.

“I believe strongly in the importance and place of Catholic universities and the value they bring to communities and to higher education” said Professor Craven. “Australian Catholic University can stand alongside the world’s great Catholic universities and reference a rich intellectual tradition spanning 2,000 years.

“I look forward to leading an institution that draws on the best of rigorous academic and intellectual foundations, and from core Catholic values.  I look forward to building on our considerable standing in quality teaching and learning, and on our community engagement activities, driven by our faith and commitment to the University’s Mission. I look forward to further developing a unique and relevant research profile for the University and to strengthening our links and activities in the international arena.

“I believe it’s important for ACU to have a strong voice across a wide range of issues, so it will be my intention to engage on matters of public significance, certainly including but not limited to education policy, matters of faith, and important social issues.”

Professor Craven will visit each of the six ACU campuses across Australia over the next month, commencing Monday 4 February, meeting with staff, students and partners of the University.

“One of my immediate tasks will be to meet and speak with University staff, who I know by reputation are dedicated, talented and exceptionally well-qualified. I also welcome interaction with many of our richly diverse and engaged student population” said Professor Craven. “Over my first few months, it is my priority to engage and work closely with the University’s partners in the Church, in government, in the community and in the higher education sector.”

Professor Craven has published numerous journal articles and books, including Conversations with the Constitution. He is a regular contributor to public debate and a columnist for the various media outlets including The Australian Financial Review and The Australian’s Higher Education Supplement.

Prior to his appointment at ACU, Professor Craven served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy and Planning) at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia, where he also held the position of Professor of Government and Constitutional Law, having previously served as Executive Director of the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy.

Professor Craven was Foundation Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia, and Reader in Law at the University of Melbourne. He also served as Crown Counsel to the Victorian Government from 1992-95.

Professor Craven is the third Vice-Chancellor in the ACU’s 17-year history. He follows Professor Peter Sheehan AO, who has served the University for the past 10 years and Foundation Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Drake, who served from 1991-1998.

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.


Further Information on the Vice Chancellor is available here.