John Brumby receives Honorary Doctorate

Former Victoria Premier John Brumby has added a Doctorate of Letters from La Trobe University to his long list of achievements at a special graduation ceremony.

The Award is in recognition of his outstanding leadership and community service to the people of Victoria.

Mr Brumby has strong ties with La Trobe - from his connection with the Bendigo community and University campus there, to being the Chair of the La Trobe affiliated Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute which is one of the University's key research partnerships.

La Trobe Vice Chancellor Professor John Dewar said the awarding of the honorary degree is a fitting tribute to the man.

‘John Brumby has held the interests of Victoria and its people close to his heart for more than four decades – first as a teacher, then politician and now statesman. He has had a close relationship with La Trobe from his Bendigo background which continues today through his and our close relationship with the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.

‘Like La Trobe, Mr Brumby has a long standing interest and background in the issues and challenges facing our regional areas and understands the importance of a prosperous regional Victoria for the future of the state,’ Professor Dewar said.

John Brumby said he was honoured and excited to accept his honorary doctorate.

‘La Trobe University is an important institution in communities right across Victoria. I’m delighted to receive this award and look forward to continuing to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers to help find new treatments for the scourge of cancer and other pressing issues of our time.’

Media; Catherine Garrett 9479 6565

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