ACU welcome reception for Chancellor John Fahey and Archbishop Anthony Fisher
Published: Monday 11th May 2015
Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven welcomed Mr Fahey, who has been a public figure for more than 30 years and “has shown exemplary leadership and integrity in vastly different fields”.
“He has had a stellar political career, contributed extensively to business and industry growth, and his impact on the sporting world is unquestionable,” Prof Craven said.
“I am extremely pleased that Mr Fahey will be with us not only to celebrate the achievements of the past, but to work with us as we transition from a university that has aimed for and reached ambitious targets, to one that is comprehensively embedding excellence.”
In welcoming Archbishop Fisher, Mr Fahey said ACU wasexcitedbyhisvisionfortheChurchinSydneyandhiscommitmenttoplayingapartinhelpingtoachieveit.
“ACU'smission is a commitmenttothepursuitofknowledge,thedignityofthehumanpersonandthecommongood,withintheCatholicintellectual tradition.
“Amongotherthingsthis meanseducatingourstudentstobeskilledintheirchosenfields, ethicalintheirbehaviour,with adevelopedcriticalhabitofmind, an appreciation ofthesacredinlifeandacommitmentto servingthecommongood.”
Archbishop Fisher said he started an academic career as a lecturer at ACU and knows first-hand how the university can make a real and meaningful impact on Australian life.
“I remember one of my nursing students, whom I taught nursing ethics, making the national media,” he said.
“She went out well and truly on a limb to defend old people in the nursing home she was working in who were being mistreated.
“When pressed on why she was doing this at great risk to her career, she said: ‘I went to ACU and I just know it is not ethical’. Nothing could make a teacher prouder ... when someone was willing to put their career on the line for what was true.”
Archbishop Fisher said he looked forward to a very close collaboration with the university, “recalling my earlier days a scholar priest and now returning to a new collaboration”.