ACU welcomes two leaders to the senior leadership team
Published: Wednesday 16th August 2017
Father Anthony Casamento and Professor Hayden Ramsay.
A message from the Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Craven:
I write to inform you of two new positions within the senior structure of the University, namely the position of Vice President and the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor Assisting the Vice-Chancellor and President and Professor of Catholic Philosophy. These two new positions have been endorsed by Senate at their meeting of 15 August 2017.
The newly created position of Vice President, is responsible for Catholic-related operations of the University and brings together new and existing Catholic functions. The creation of this position also emphasises our most core function, our Catholicity. The Vice President simultaneously holds the position of Director, Identity and Mission. This new Vice President portfolio includes Identity and Mission, Campus Ministry, Community Engagement, La Salle Academy for Faith Formation and Religious Education, Church Relations, Congregational Projects, Staff Formation and the ACU Centre for Liturgy. This is an evolving unit and other functions are currently being considered.
The position of Vice President will be occupied by Father Anthony Casamento CSMA, currently the Director of Identity and Mission. Father Casamento has been employed at ACU since 2010 and has been tremendously successful in his role in the articulation, promotion and transmission of the Catholic Intellectual and spiritual tradition into ACU. The achievements under his directorship have been numerous; including the development of the Board of Identity, the critical link between the University and the Australian Bishops, he has been a key lead in the development of the Rome campus and established staff formation opportunities for our staff, which is a key area of importance in the enhancement of our Catholic identity. The proud recognition of the University’s Catholic identity has been directly influenced by Father Casamento’s work and I congratulate Father Anthony on this appointment.
The Vice President will join the Senior Executive Group (SEG) to further reinforce our Catholicity within our most senior leadership group.
The newly created position of Pro Vice-Chancellor Assisting the Vice-Chancellor and President and Professor of Catholic Philosophy, will undertake high-level strategic projects as directed by the Vice-Chancellor and President.
This position reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor and will work closely with the Senior Executive Group, the Vice President, the PM Glynn Institute and the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy in identifying and progressing projects and activities consistent with the Vice–Chancellor’s priorities and the mission of the University.
This position is a shared appointment between the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and President, the PM Glynn Institute and the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.
As Professor of Catholic Philosophy the position will provide intellectual leadership, particularly in the fields of philosophy and ethics, and will use this expertise to contribute to aspects of the PM Glynn Institute’s public policy and engagement strategy.
Other functions are also being considered for inclusion under the leadership of this new position.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor Assisting the Vice-Chancellor and President and Professor of Catholic Philosophy will join the Senior Executive Group (SEG).
The position of Pro Vice-Chancellor Assisting the Vice-Chancellor and President and Professor of Catholic Philosophy, will be occupied by Professor Hayden Ramsay. Professor Ramsay has worked with Catholic institutions in Melbourne and Sydney for many years. He has 30 years of experience in academic life, including as a Professor of Philosophy and in senior university management. Professor Ramsay has worked closely with ACU in his immediate past role as the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA).
Professor Ramsay taught philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Stirling University in Scotland, University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, the Catholic Theological College and the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. He also held teaching roles at the Catholic Institute of Sydney and the Good Shepherd Seminary and then moved to UNDA. Professor Ramsay has served on the private staff of the Archbishops of Melbourne and Sydney for many years.
Professor Ramsay is a committee member of the Catholic Institute of Sydney Senate and the Sydney Catholic Schools Board.
Professor Ramsay has a national and international reputation for scholarship and vast experience in higher education administration. He is a recognised Catholic leader and there is no doubt to the extent to which he will execute responsibilities in this newly-created position and contribute as a member of SEG. Please join me in congratulating Professor Ramsay on this appointment.
The enclosed organisational chart illustrates these new positions within the University’s structure.
Yours sincerely, Professor Greg Craven AO, GCSG Vice-Chancellor and President