The Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor head up our chief governing body, the Senate, and ensure ACU is governed in accordance with our constitution.
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Our key decision-makers and governance bodies
Vale John Fahey 1945-2020
The Hon John Fahey AC, GCSG
The Chancellor is the chairperson of the Senate, the chief governing body of ACU.
Mr Julien O'Connell AO
The Pro-Chancellor sits on the Senate, acts as deputy to the Chancellor, and chairs the Standing and Finance Committee.
Australian Catholic University Limited is incorporated in Victoria as a public company. The object of the Corporation is to conduct the University as a Catholic University.
|Vice-Chancellor and President||
Professor Zlatko Skrbis
The Vice-Chancellor and President is the chief executive officer of ACU, represents the University both nationally and internationally, and provides strategic leadership and management.
|Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)||
Professor Meg Stuart
The Provost is responsible for the Academic Portfolio: ensuring academic quality is maintained, overseeing the faculties, and providing the operational delivery of ACU's academic program.
|Senior Executive Group||
Senior Executive Group
The Senior Executive Group is the peak senior strategic forum of the University.
|Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration)||
Dr Stephen Weller
The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the Corporate Services Portfolio. This portfolio covers a broad range of areas including: properties and facilities, student administration, information technology, and finance.
|Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)||
Professor Wayne McKenna
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) oversees this growth area for ACU, and works with researchers to foster ACU?s culture of research excellence and maintain our world-leading research outputs.
|Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Innovation)||
Professor Zlatko Skrbis
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Innovation) is responsible for the following units: First Peoples and Equity Pathways, Libraries, Learning and Teaching Centre, Office of Student Success, Student Strategies, ACU Accommodation, ACU College, Advancement and Alumni, Collaborate Plus, Strategic Partnerships and Executive Education.
The Senate is the governing authority of the University.
ACU has State Chapters in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT and Victoria. These provide advice to the Senate on local needs and demands, and serve as important links to community interests.
The Academic Board is ACU's senior academic governance committee. Its principle responsibility is to maintain the highest standards in teaching, scholarship and research, and to safeguard the academic freedom of the University.
The Senate and Academic Board hold elections to fill a number of representative positions.