John Brumby, former Victorian Premier and former Member for Bendigo, has been appointed  La Trobe University’s new Chancellor, replacing current Chancellor, Professor Richard Larkins AO.

Announced to the public in early June, Brumby will have nine months to prepare for his new role as Chancellor, which will commence on 29 March 2019.

Brumby’s ties to La Trobe University and the community of Bendigo date back to the establishment of the La Trobe Bendigo campus which replaced the Bendigo College of Advanced Education some 25 years ago. His working career began as a secondary school teacher in Bendigo, and he has continued to build strong connections to the community since.

“I have been closely associated with La Trobe University for more than two decades – starting with the establishment of La Trobe Bendigo campus as Federal MP in 1989, ensuring development of the AgriBio facility at the Melbourne campus during my time as Premier, through to my current involvement as Chair of the Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute.”

Current La Trobe vice-Chancellor John Dewar has said that Brumby’s knowledge is extensive and allows him to bring a depth of experience and wisdom to La Trobe.

“His strong business acumen, connections to decision and policy makers at all levels of government and community, plus his passion for excellence will be hugely beneficial to all our students,” says Dewar.

The vice-Chancellor added that Brumby’s commitment to the economic, social, and intellectual development of regional and rural Victoria are directly aligned with La Trobe University’s mission to ensure a university education for all Victorians.

“My view was a very strong view as the federal member, that the best option for the people of Bendigo and the region was La Trobe University… I’ve seen La Trobe grow and develop since then, and every year that passes I think that decision to become La Trobe Bendigo has been vindicated time and time again.”

Brumby shared that he is looking forward to becoming the next La Trobe University Chancellor-

“I am both excited and deeply honoured to be taking on this important role. I thank Professor Richard Larkins for the outstanding leadership he has provided as both Councillor and Chancellor over many years,” says Brumby.

“With fifty years of history, La Trobe’s growth, over the last ten years in particular, has been both remarkable and impressive. Its future success – particularly in regional Victoria and in Melbourne’s northern suburbs in the fields of research and development – will be pivotal to ensuring a strong and vibrant Victorian economy for many years to come.”

Even before becoming Premier of Victoria from 2007 to 2010, Brumby’s track record proves he is fit for the new role as Chancellor. Brumby served more than 10 years as Treasurer of Victoria, six years as Leader of the Victorian Opposition, and seven years as the Federal MP for Bendigo during the Hawke Government.

Additionally, the Former Premier is currently Chair of the Fred Hollows Foundation and the Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute, of which La Trobe University is a key research partner of.

La Trobe University welcomes Brumby as Chancellor and looks forward to implementing what he has learned through his existing connection with the University through this new role.


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