Allan Myers awarded first Fellowship of the University of Melbourne

August 15 / 164

Allan Myers and his wife Maria Myers AO. Photo: Peter Casamento
Allan Myers and his wife Maria Myers AO. Photo: Peter Casamento

Pre-eminent barrister and philanthropist Allan Myers AO QC was presented with the first Fellow of the University of Melbourne Award at a ceremony at the University’s Parkville campus on Friday 31 July. 

The Fellow of the University of Melbourne recognises exceptional contributions or service to the University, or to a community engaged with the University. 

The first Fellow award celebrates and honours Mr Myers’ longstanding commitment to supporting philanthropic causes at the University.

Mr Myers (BA 1969, LL B (Hons) 1970) is an alumnus and former staff member of the University. He was awarded the Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) in 2012, in recognition of his outstanding service to the law profession and his leadership in the field of law. In addition to his studies, Mr Myers lectured students at the Melbourne Law School between 1974 and 1988.

Mr Myers currently serves as chair of the Campaign Board for Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne, which is the largest philanthropic initiative in the University’s 161-year history.

Over several decades, Mr Myers and his wife, alumna Maria Myers AO, have been leading philanthropists towards numerous causes at the University of Melbourne, including affiliated colleges Newman College and St Mary’s College. Their giving established the Allan Myers Oxford University Scholarships and the Allan and Maria Myers Academic Centre. 

Mr and Mrs Myers provided a generous foundation leadership gift of $10 million towards the Believe campaign in 2013. That giving has been directed to the Gerry Higgins Professorial Fellow in Art History, Melbourne Law School’s Asian Law Centre, the Old Quad redevelopment and the Elizabeth and James Tatoulis Chair in Classics.

Professor Glyn Davis AC, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said Mr and Mrs Myers have been loyal and generous supporters of the University. 

“Allan and Maria Myers have made enormous contributions to the University, its faculties and affiliated colleges and research institutes for many years,” he said.

“They remain committed to ensuring the University of Melbourne features amongst the best universities in the world, through the funding of professorial chairs, academic scholarships, engagement initiatives and the renovation of major campus facilities.

“The University of Melbourne is immensely honoured to count on their commitment to education and congratulates Mr Myers on being the inaugural Fellow of the University.”

Mr Myers said he was honoured to be the first Fellow of the University of Melbourne and encouraged others to give to the University.

“The University has been an enormous part of my life and my wife’s life for half a century,” he said.

“It has always been our belief that if you believe in an institution’s work, then you should support it as best you can.

“We have given to the University of Melbourne because we believe it is a world-class university that directs powerful research and can provide the leaders of tomorrow with a world-class education.”

Story by Chris Weaver

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