State Member of Parliament for Rowville District and former Treasurer of Victoria Kim Wells enrolled as a VU accounting student almost 40 years ago.
"I have a particular pride in VU and am incredibly grateful for what it's given me.
I started my accounting studies in 1975 at the then-Footscray Institute of Technology – now Victoria University – and have had a strong association with VU ever since.
I did my Masters degree in Accounting and Finance over nine years because I had gone into politics. My supervisor was amazingly supportive.
I treasure every second I'm in government and know that my position today has a lot to do with the strong background in accounting and economics I received at VU. Bringing down a budget isn't easy – we make some difficult decisions but we don't take them lightly.
I was obviously humbled when recognised as VU's first distinguished alumnus because the achievements of many other people are just as worthy."
Master of Business (Accounting and Finance), now Master of Business (Accounting)