University Campaign Welcomes Patron Robert Champion de Crespigny

February 14 / 128

Australian businessman Robert Champion de Crespigny has joined the University as a Patron of its largest-ever fundraising campaign. 

Believe – The Campaign aims to raise $500 million by the end of 2017 to support student scholarship and experience and investment in the University’s world-leading research. 

Mr de Crespigny is the Chairman of Crosby|Textor, a director of Pyott-Boone Electronics, and has been an adviser to Barclays Natural Resource Investments since 2010. 

Mr de Crespigny lived at Trinity College during his studies, and established with his wife the Champion de Crespigny Scholarship for academically strong Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students.

He graduated from Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1973.

Mr de Crespigny said he was delighted to see his association with the University continue. 

“I am very proud to be involved in this Campaign, which seeks to support some of the University’s most pressing research, teaching and engagement programs,” Mr de Crespigny said.

“It has been marvellous to see Melbourne grow into one of Australia’s greatest universities and a serious player in the world.”

University Chancellor, Ms Elizabeth Alexander, said Mr de Crespigny’s experience would be a major boost for the Campaign.

“His business expertise and extensive knowledge of Australian higher education will be a real boost to help us to achieve our Campaign objectives,” she said.

The Campaign’s Deputy Chairman, Mr Martin Myer, also welcomed Mr de Crespigny’s involvement.

“We will work together to turn the University of Melbourne into one of the world’s best universities,” he said.


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