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The University of Canberra today announced the appointment of a new Chancellor, Dr Tom Calma AO, who was formally installed after addressing the National Press Club.
Dr Calma, who is Deputy Chancellor and the 2013 ACT Australian of the Year, will take over from current Chancellor John Mackay when his term finishes at the end of the year. 'It is a real privilege firstly, to be recognised by my peers to be worthy to take on this important role and secondly, and equally important, to be taking over the governance of a fast growing young university that has been professionally led by John Mackay,' he said.
Dr Calma said he was proud to be one of a small number of Indigenous Australians in senior governance positions in higher education. During his address, Dr Calma discussed the importance of education as a 'vaccination against poverty' and the critical role universities play in making Australia 'healthier, fairer and wealthier'. As one of the drivers of the Close the gap campaign that advocates for health equality by 2030, Dr Calma asserted that when it comes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and rural health 'universities must be more than teachers, interested observers and researchers.'
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker said Dr Calma had already made a significant contribution to the University. 'Tom Calma has been an insightful and enthusiastic member of our governing Council since 2008,' Professor Parker said. 'I was delighted when he took on the role of Deputy Chancellor and I look forward to working with him as Chancellor.'
The HealthInfoNet would like to take this opportunity to pass on our warmest congratulations and best wishes to Dr Calma.
Source: The University of Canberra Monitor Online