The Chancellor is part of the University Council, which is the governing authority of the University and responsible for the direction and superintendence of VU.
George Pappas AO became the fourth Chancellor of Victoria University on 1 January 2010. His term as Chancellor will cease on 31 December 2019.
Council has appointed Deputy Chancellors Wayne Kayler-Thomson and Gaye Hamilton to take up the role of Chancellor throughout 2020 to ensure a seamless transition. Wayne will be Chancellor from January to June, 2020, followed by Gaye from July to December, 2020. In January 2021, The Honourable Steve Bracks AC will step into the position as the sixth Chancellor of Victoria University.
George was born in Rhodes, Greece and emigrated to Australia in 1952. He has a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours from Monash University (1968) and an MBA, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School (1971).
After graduating from Harvard Business School in 1971, George joined the international management consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Boston, later moving to Tokyo.
He returned to Australia and co-founded Pappas Carter Evans and Koop (PCEK) in 1979. Over the next ten years, PCEK became the leading Australian management consultancy providing strategic advice to the top management of our largest companies. Following BCG's acquisition of PCEK in 1990, George became Managing Partner of BCG's Australasian offices and a member of BCG's worldwide Executive Committee.
George retired from BCG in 2002 and remains a Senior Advisor to the firm. Since then George has undertaken several assignments for State and Federal governments, including serving as the Under Secretary of the Victorian Premier's Department from 2003 to 2005 and leading the Audit of the Federal Defence Budget in 2008. He was a participant in the Prime Minister's 2020 Summit.
George was appointed Chairman of the Committee for Melbourne in 2005 and retired after eight years as Chairman at the Committee's Annual General Meeting in November 2013. During his tenure, he led a group whose members comprise a cross section of the city's most influential companies and institutions and personally led the Committee's effort to support new and innovative industry development, as well as the promotion of Melbourne's Higher Education sector.
As Chairman of Energy Matters Pty Ltd (2008-2014), George led and mentored a group of young entrepreneurs who are establishing one of Australia's leading suppliers and installers of clean energy products.
George also has chaired the Federal Government's Defence Strategic Reform Advisory Board (2009-2012) and is a Director of the Western Bulldogs Football Club.