VC's term extended to 2021

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar will continue to lead Victoria's third oldest University until January 2021.

University Council recently decided to offer Professor Dewar a contract for a second five-year term.

University Chancellor Adrienne E Clarke AC, said she was delighted that Professor Dewar had agreed to continue to lead the University.

"The offer is a testament to the strong leadership of the University by Professor Dewar during the past four years. His acceptance of the offer is a testament to his commitment to seeing the University repositioned in terms of its teaching quality, research rankings, social equity and other key metrics,' she said.  

"Council judged that continuity of leadership is critical in the context of the many current challenges and uncertainties facing the University sector in Australia."

Professor Dewar said he was proud and excited to be given the opportunity to be at the University for a second term.

"La Trobe is a great and important institution – in its nearly 50 years of life, it has established a terrific reputation for promoting participation in higher education, especially for those who are first in family to come to university, while establishing a global reputation for excellent research. But there is much more we can still do.

"The great challenge is to harness the passion, expertise and commitment of this great institution so we can make an even greater social, economic and intellectual contribution," he said.

In 2017 the University will mark the 50th anniversary of when the first students were enrolled at its Melbourne campus at Bundoora. Professor Dewar said he was delighted that he would be able to continue in the role and take part in festivities.

"The people who have worked here and those who have learnt and graduated from La Trobe University have achieved so much in a relatively short time. We certainly have got a lot to look back on and celebrate and I'm glad I can be a part of it as Vice-Chancellor," he said.

Professor Dewar is the University's sixth Vice Chancellor. He is an internationally-recognised family law specialist and researcher. A graduate of the University of Oxford, he taught at the universities of Lancaster and Warwick in the United Kingdom, was a fellow and tutor in law at Hertford College, Oxford and worked for the London law firms Allen & Overy and Farrer & Co.
Professor Dewar came to Australia 20 years ago and held senior positions at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne prior to joining La Trobe in January 2012.

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