New Chancellor installed

April 17 / 192

The University's new Chancellor Allan Myers being installed in Wilson Hall by Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau.
The University's new Chancellor Allan Myers being installed in Wilson Hall by Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau.

The University of Melbourne’s newest Chancellor  –  Allan Myers  –  has officially been installed in a ceremony in Wilson Hall.

Mr Myers is well-known to the University community as Chair of 'Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne'. He is a graduate of the Melbourne Law School and Faculty of Arts, and a former academic, teaching security Law and Taxation Law. He was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1975 and named a Queen’s Counsel in 1986.

Mr Myers has provided support to many professional and charitable entities. His is currently Chair of the National Gallery of Australia Council, Chair of the Museums and Art Galleries Board of the Northern Territory, a Governor of the Ian Potter Foundation, member of the Council of Newman College, and member of the Graduate Studies Advisory Board of the Law faculties of both Melbourne and Oxford universities.

He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 and, in 2007, became an Officer in the Order of Australia. In 2016, Mr Myers was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the community through philanthropic leadership in support of major visual arts, higher education, medical research and not-for-profit organisations, to the law, and to professional learning programs. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Melbourne and an Honorary Doctor of the University from the Australian Catholic University.

Mr Myers said his time at Melbourne – as a student, a tutor and more recently as the Chair the University’s most successful fundraising campaign – had been a very fulfilling and enjoyable part of his life. 

“The most rewarding element of my time as Campaign Chair was meeting with those who wished freely to give their time and money to advance the University,” he said.

“My focus as Chancellor will be squarely on being an effective Chair of the University Council, devising strategy and ensuring effective implementation. It is an honour to be in a position of leadership of one of the most important institutions of our country.”

Mr Myers succeeds Elizabeth Alexander as the 22nd Chancellor of the University.

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