Victoria University's Chancellor, the Hon Justice Frank Vincent AO, QC, today advised the University that he will retire on 21 August 2009, on the same day as he retires from the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal.
He was appointed as Chancellor of the Victoria University Council on 1 January 2001.
Since then, Justice Vincent has overseen considerable change in the strategic direction of the University, as it has moved to differentiate itself in order to create a unique and relevant learning and research environment. As the head of the Council, he has steered the body through the often difficult waters of University funding, so as to ensure a sustainable and growing institution.
He has championed the notion of 'one university' linking higher education and vocational and further education, consistent with the recent Federal Government tertiary education reforms. Victoria University is now well positioned for the future.
Justice Vincent has brought his strong sense of commitment to social justice to the University, and has strengthened VU's relationship with the communities of the western region of Melbourne, as well as forging a strong relationship with the emerging nation of Timor L'Este.
Justice Vincent has also played a significant role in positioning the University in international markets, particularly in relations with China.
He will step down after presiding at VU's mid-year Graduation Ceremonies in Melbourne, as well as those held in Beijing to celebrate the tenth Anniversary of VU's linkage with Liaoning University in Northern China.
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Backgrounder Chancellor Frank Vincent
The Hon Justice Frank Vincent AO, QC was appointed as Chancellor of the Victoria University Council on 1 January 2001.
Over the past 10 years, the Chancellor has both led and overseen considerable change at Victoria University, in respect of governance and the University's strategic direction.
Justice Vincent has been a staunch advocate for the concept of good governance and has steered the University Council through the comprehensive requirements established by the National Governance Protocols and the general and emerging benchmarks in respect to excellence in board practice.
He has worked tirelessly to fulfil the duties of his role, both formal and informal, exhibiting a level of commitment that is exemplary. He leaves the University Council as a coherent, informed and decisive group of individuals drawn from a diverse range of areas and with high-level skills and knowledge. He has been instrumental in fostered a long-term and positive dynamic between the University's Senior Management and Council to promote the best interests of the University, its mission and direction.
Justice Vincent is widely respected amongst Victoria University Council members, staff and students of the University. He has constantly demonstrated his on-going commitment to providing excellence in tertiary education in the Western Region and increasing opportunities for its students, in relation to dramatically increasing access to education and in the quality of its product. As part of this approach, he has been instrumental in building the VU Foundation and its subsequent aim to provide scholarships to Year 12 students in 60 schools within the region.
Over the past 10 years Justice Vincent has overseen considerable change in the strategic direction of the University, as it has moved to differentiate itself, in order to create a unique and relevant learning environment. As the head of the Council he has steered the body through the often difficult waters of problematic University funding, so as to ensure a sustainable and growing institution. He has championed the notion of 'one university' that binds together the higher education and vocational and further education aspects existing within VU and creating multiple pathways between the two.
Justice Vincent will leave Victoria University as a highly respected individual who has played a substantial and crucial role in its development.