Meet ACU's new Pro-Chancellor

Thursday, 5 November 2015

ACU Pro-Chancellor Julien O'Connell

Mr Julien O’Connell AM will replace outgoing Pro-Chancellor Mr Ted Exell AM after 15 years of outstanding leadership and service.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) has appointed Mr Julien O’Connell AM as its next Pro-Chancellor following more than 15 years of outstanding leadership and service from outgoing Pro-Chancellor Mr Ted Exell AM.

As a distinguished executive and businessman, Mr O’Connell has built a successful career in insurance, accounting and risk management.

In addition to his role as Chairman of the CEO Institute (Syndicates), which provides mentoring to CEOs and Chairs of member companies, he is Chairman of the Fraynework Board, member of a number of boards and finance councils and supports Enterprise Ireland in Victoria in their endeavours to promote and encourage trade between Ireland and Australia.

Mr O’Connell also brings a strong commitment to the Australian Catholic Church and its missions.

He has been Chairman of Mercy Health since 2008. He is a board member of Catholic Health Australia and for 20 years has served on the finance committee of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Mr O’Connell’s five-year term as Pro-Chancellor will commence on 1 January 2016.

ACU Chancellor the Honourable John Fahey AC said the University was fortunate to have attracted distinguished individuals to the role of Pro-Chancellor.

“Mr O’Connell’s appointment as our new Pro-Chancellor builds on a record of excellent appointments to the University,” Mr Fahey said.

“ACU has been the privileged beneficiary of our outgoing Pro-Chancellor Mr Ted Exell’s balance, wisdom and counsel since 1996, when he first served the University as a member of its Senate.”

“As the former Business Manager for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and Deputy Managing Director of the Australian Trade Commission, his financial acumen has been invaluable to ACU. As Pro-Chancellor since 2000, Mr Exell has also played an important role in ACU’s expansion.”

Mr Fahey was pleased to welcome Mr O’Connell as ACU’s new Pro-Chancellor and pleased to advise that Mr Exell will continue to serve the University as a Member of Company.