Archbishop Hart appointed President of ACU Limited

The Most Reverend Denis J Hart DD, Archbishop of Melbourne, has been elected President of Australian Catholic University (ACU) Limited.

Archbishop Hart begins a five-year term through to April 2019 and will preside at the next Annual General Meeting on 23 May 2014.

He will be the third President in the University’s history, succeeding His Eminence George Cardinal Pell DD AC who was recently appointed Prefect for the Economy of the Holy See and Vatican City State. Cardinal Pell has been President of ACU Limited since 1996.  

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven thanked Cardinal Pell for his service and commitment to the University, and welcomed the incoming President.

“Cardinal Pell’s dedication and commitment to the development of ACU has greatly benefited both the University, and Catholic education in Australia,” he said.

“He has been a loyal and generous supporter of the University since its establishment in 1991. As President of ACU Limited he has been unstintingly conscientious and thoughtful in the exercise of his responsibilities.

“On behalf of the Members and the Senate I extend congratulations to Archbishop Hart on his election as the new President. It is a great honour to have such a distinguished member of the Australian and Catholic community to lead the University.  

“His leadership, most recently as President of the Australian Catholic Archbishops Conference (ACBC), his dedication to serving the common good, and his immense experience will be instrumental in helping the University build on its reputation of quality teaching and research.”

Born in East Melbourne in 1941, Archbishop Hart studied for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College, Werribee 1960-63 and Corpus Christi College, Glen Waverley 1963-67. He was ordained to the priesthood at St Patrick's Cathedral in 1967 and was appointed to a number of pastoral roles in the Archdiocese, including Vicar General

In 1997 he was appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop in Melbourne by Pope John Paul II, and subsequently  Archbishop of Melbourne in 2001. As well as Archbishop of Melbourne, Archbishop Hart holds a number of roles both in the Church in Australia and universally including as President of the Australian Catholic Archbishops Conference (ACBC), a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture, and earlier this year was appointed by Pope Francis as member of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches. He has been a member of ACU Limited since its inception in 1991.