Chancellor, the Hon. John Brumby AO

Method of appointment

Elected as Chancellor by Council effective 29 March 2019.

Membership Tenure

Appointed 29 March 2019 to 28 March 2022
Re-appointed 29 March 2022 to 28 March 2025



Professional background/experience

The Hon John Brumby AO was installed as the eighth Chancellor of La Trobe University on 29 March 2019.

Mr Brumby is well known from his time in public life, serving as Premier of Victoria (2007 to 2010), Victorian Treasurer (2000-2007) and seven years as Federal MHR for Bendigo during the Hawke Government era.

Since leaving Government and political life in 2010, Mr Brumby has taken on a range of roles in the business, not for profit and university sectors. He is chair of a number of business organisations including Citywide Solutions Pty Ltd, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust and BioCurate. Mr Brumby was also recently appointed Chair of the Victorian Government's new Breakthrough Victoria Fund.

In the not-for-profit sector Mr Brumby is Chair of In2Science, a Trustee of Como House and recently retired as Chair of the Fred Hollows Foundation and Chair of the Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute.

Mr Brumby was awarded an Order of Australia in 2017 for distinguished service to the Parliament of Victoria, to economic management and medical biotechnology innovation, to improved rural and regional infrastructure, and to the community.

He is the author of a number of books, including Restoring Democracy (1999) and The Long Haul – Lessons from Public Life (2015).

Mr Brumby is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), a Graduate (Advanced) of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (GAIST) and is a Professor of Business and Economics (Honorary) at the University of Melbourne.