Professor Dewar is the Chief Executive Officer of La Trobe University. He is responsible for setting the strategic agenda and direction for the University and managing a myriad of external relationships.
Professor Dewar came to Australia sixteen years ago from Oxford and held senior positions at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne before taking up the position of Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe in January 2012. He moved to Queensland attracted by the challenge of helping shape a new law school in another part of the world and fell in love with Australia.
Professor Dewar believes strongly that a key part of La Trobe’s mission is to reach out to communities that traditionally have not been able to participate in higher education.
Professor Dewar is an internationally-known family law specialist and researcher. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he was also a Fellow of Hertford College. He has taught at the Universities of Lancaster and Warwick, and worked for the London law firms Allen & Overy and Farrer & Co.
Professor Dewar is a director of Education Australia Pty Ltd; a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Ethical Leadership at the Melbourne Business School; and a member of the International Editorial Board, 21st Century Society. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Melbourne Law School.
In June 2012, Professor Dewar was elected as an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford.