General Peter Cosgrove has been appointed the next Governor-General of Australia.
General Peter Cosgrove, AC, MC, CNZM, Chancellor of Australian Catholic University (ACU), has been designated the next Governor-General of Australia. He will replace Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce for a five-year term, commencing in March 2014.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said the appointment was in recognition of General Cosgrove’s leadership skills and ability to unite people.
"General Peter Cosgrove commands enormous respect from all Australians," he said. "He has dedicated his life to public service and is an excellent choice for Australia’s 26th Governor-General."
The former Defence Force chief was appointed Chancellor of ACU in November 2010. He has resigned from this position to take up on his new duties. As Pro-Chancellor of ACU, Mr Edward Exell AM will undertake the duties of the Chancellor until a new appointment is made.
"General Cosgrove’s sound advice, his commitment to serving the common good, and his immense experience have proven invaluable in helping the University build on its reputation of quality teaching and research, and I thank him for all his work," Professor Craven said.
General Cosgrove said he was honoured to serve as the Queen’s representative in Australia.
"There is no greater privilege than to serve your country, and no greater country to serve than Australia," he said. "I congratulate Ms Bryce on the compassion and commitment to social justice she has displayed during her tenure, and I look forward to carrying on her excellent work".
"Three years ago I was immensely proud to join the leadership of a university that is deeply committed to ensuring a positive future for our communities through learning and research. I hope that my time at ACU has contributed in some way to this wonderful mission."
General Cosgrove served in the Australian Army from 1965 and was Chief of the Australian Defence Force from July 2002 until his retirement in July 2005.
He first leapt into the public consciousness when he headed the 9000-strong multinational INTERFET force sent to restore order in East Timor. For his guidance, skill and sensitivity, he was appointed a Companion of the Military Division of the Order of Australia in 2000.
General Cosgrove was also awarded the Military Cross for his service in Vietnam, and in 2001, was named Australian of the Year. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by ACU, and in February last year he was bestowed the Honour of the Knight of the Grand Cross in the Order of St Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict XVI.