Vice-Chancellor: Professor John Dewar

John Dewar 2013

Method of appointment

Vice-Chancellor: ex officio

Membership tenure

Commenced as Vice-Chancellor January 2012

Current committees

  • Council
  • Finance & Resources Committee
  • Corporate Governance Audit & Risk Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • Infrastructure & Estates Planning Committee
  • Foundation Committee

Professional background/experience

  • Educated at Oxford University in the UK and has lived in Australia for the last 16 years.
  • Extensive experience in the higher education sector and held senior positions at both Griffith University and The
  • University of Melbourne before taking up the position of Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University in January 2012.
  • An internationally known family law specialist. Taught at the Universities of Lancaster and Warwick from 1981 to 1988, and worked for the London law firm Allen & Overy from 1988-1990. 
  • Appointed Fellow and Tutor in Law of Hertford College Oxford in 1990, a position he held until 1995 while acting as consultant to London law firm Farrer & Co.
  • In 1995, moved to Griffith University in South East Queensland - Dean and Head of School of the Griffith Law School (1999-2002), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Law) (2003-2005) and most recently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) from 2005 until joining the University of Melbourne in April 2009 where he was Provost until December 2011.