John Fahey appointed Chancellor of ACU
Former NSW Premier and Chevalier Past Student John Fahey AC, has been appointed as the new Chancellor of Australian Catholic University.
He will be the fourth Chancellor in the University’s history, succeeding General Sir Peter Cosgrove, who is now serving as Australia’s Governor-General.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said it was a great coup for the University to have secured the services of such a prominent and well-respected Australian.
“Mr Fahey has been a figure in public life for more than 30 years and has shown exemplary leadership and integrity in a vast range of fields. He has had a stellar political career, contributed extensively to business and industry growth, and his impact on the sporting world is unquestionable,” Professor Craven said.
“It is these leadership skills, commitment to serving the common good and his diverse experience which will prove invaluable in helping the University build on its reputation of quality teaching and research.”
Mr Fahey was NSW Premier from 1992-95 before entering federal politics, and serving as the Minister for Finance and Administration in the Howard government until 2001. As Chairman of the bid team, he was instrumental in securing the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
In 2002 Mr Fahey was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for his work in the political arena, and for facilitation of industry growth and industrial relations reform.
Five years later he became President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, a position he held until November, 2013. In this role Mr Fahey was a driving force behind moves to increase and enhance drug testing in sport around the world.
He currently chairs the Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate, which oversees state reconstruction projects following natural disasters.
Mr Fahey said it was a great honour to be appointed to the prestigious role at Australia’s only truly national university.
“ACU has a proud history of empowering its students to think critically, ethically and to bring about change in their communities and professions,” Mr Fahey said.
“As the University’s fourth Chancellor, I look forward to supporting a tradition of excellence in teaching and research and a devotion to the dignity of all people and the common good.”