Catholic education innovator receives ACU honorary doctorate

Thursday, 5 March 2015

23 April 2008: Australian Catholic University (ACU) has bestowed a leading Catholic education figure in New South Wales with an honorary doctorate at its Sydney Education graduation ceremony at the State Theatre on Monday 21 April.

Hon Doc Kelvin Canavan

Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven honoured Kelvin Canavan, Executive Director of Schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney for over two decades, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Catholic education both in Australia and internationally. Brother Canavan also delivered this year’s Occasional Address at the graduation ceremony.

After joining the Sydney Catholic Education Office in 1968, Brother Canavan was a key instigator behind the structural redevelopment of the governance and management of a highly successful system of primary and secondary schools. 

Brother Canavan has also been instrumental in the development of new schools and colleges in the growth areas of Sydney, in addition to establishing significant programs for religious education, leadership development, the preparation of ‘Leaders for the Future’ and the promotion of the school system in the public domain.

“There is no area where Kelvin Canavan’s distinguished leadership has not shown him to be an initiator and driving force that has in turn reshaped Catholic education in the Sydney Archdiocese and beyond,” said ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven.

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.