Victoria University saddened by the passing of philanthropist Harold Mitchell AC

Harold Mitchell AC, Bernard Collaery and The Hon Dr Steve Bracks AC.
VU saddened to hear of the passing of Harold Mitchell AC, well-known philanthropist and generous friend to the University.
Sunday 11 February 2024

Victoria University (VU) is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of well-known philanthropist Harold Mitchell AC.

Mr Mitchell was a generous and transformational donor to the University, not just through his profound commitment to the leading education think-tank that bears his name, the Mitchell Institute, but across the VU community. 

VU Chancellor The Hon Dr Steve Bracks AC said: “The entire VU community is devastated by this news. Harold Mitchell’s generosity and commitment, not just to our University, but to the people of Timor-Leste has been unparalleled. 

“It has been my privilege to work alongside him as a supporter of humanitarian aid in Timor-Leste and Indigenous communities. His deep interest in the future of that country saw him awarded the Collar of Timor-Leste in 2023. 

“We will miss him.”

VU Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker said: “Harold Mitchell changed the face of this University and we will be forever grateful to him. He was a true pioneer.

“He has generously supported us for over ten years, particularly through the establishment of the Mitchell Institute. His commitment has allowed us to lead the way with research devoted to improving the educational opportunities of all Australians.

“His legacy will live on. We will continue to drive educational transformation on a national and international stage to honour his memory.

“We are so saddened by the loss of a man who was a very special friend to us and to the West of Melbourne.”