After 40 years experience in professional football, Mr Malthouse says he looking towards new directions and putting his expertise into practice in a new setting.
‘There are new frontiers out there to pursue and new challenges to face and conquer. Individual, organizational and community leadership have been core to my professional life and are also a major part of the success of students and local communities,’ says Mr Malthouse.
Over the next few years the University is planning for an expansion in student numbers will come from cohorts that are under-represented in higher education.
These students will require different forms of access, support and motivation if they are to succeed in higher education and will need to believe that a university is a place where they feel comfortable and where they will be able to succeed. Mr Malthouse will be a key leader of these programs.
‘The University has developed many programs to help support increased access through partnerships with schools, partnerships with sports clubs, and local leadership initiatives that improve our contributions to Melbourne’s north and our other campus communities,’ says La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar.
Mr Malthouse - who commenced his role in December by invitation of Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar - will lead, develop and support the implementation of leadership development and sports initiatives within the University and across key stakeholder groups.
‘La Trobe University is proactively supporting local leadership development and I am proud to be at the heart of championing this program and supporting La Trobe students to be the best that they can be. The University has a fantastic track record and is one of the strongest universities in Australia. I am proud to be associated with La Trobe,’ says Mr Malthouse.
As a leader and mentor, Mr Malthouse will work closely with staff, students and the community and lead the development of the sport at La Trobe University - including programs to support La Trobe's premier academic programs in: Sports Journalism; Sports Management; Physiotherapy; Podiatry and other sports related academic programs.
Professor Dewar says Mr Malthouse brings with him extraordinary motivational ability based on inspirational teamwork.
‘Throughout his coaching career, he has learnt life lessons that transcend the sports field, that apply to any person chasing a dream, pursuing their goals or embarking on challenging endeavours.’
‘La Trobe looks forward to having Mick as a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow to encourage students from all backgrounds to consider university and we will work together as peers in the pursuit of knowledge through practice,’ says Professor Dewar.
La Trobe has impacted the lives of many, many more through the application of its research to real and valid global issues and is well respected internationally for its scholarly contributions.
Director of the Centre for Sport and Social Impact (CSSI) at La Trobe, Professor Russell Hoye says Mr Malthouse will significantly contribute to La Trobe’s future growth.
‘Mick and all his experience in professional sport and developing young athletes, provides the CSSI with the opportunity to leverage his extensive network in the sport and media industries,’ says Professor Hoye.
The University and Mr Malthouse have much in common - an ethical commitment and a desire to give back to the community, a passion to achieve and be the best and help individuals reach for new heights, a deep commitment to education and an understanding of the needs of young people.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
La Trobe University Communications Officer
T: 03 9479 5353 M: 0418 495 941 E: M.Lodwick@latrobe.edu.au