Br Kelvin Canavan fms appointed to Notre Dame

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 12-12-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

Publication Place



The University of Notre Dame Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Br Kelvin Canavan fms as Visiting Professor in the School of Education, Sydney, from 2009.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, announced that Br Canavan has accepted an invitation to join the School after he concludes his appointment as Executive Director of the Catholic Education Office in the Archdiocese of Sydney.

Br Kelvin has had a long and distinguished career in Catholic education and is one of the architects of the modern diocesan system.

He has been a supporter of Notre Dame since its inception and has played a critical role in the successful establishment of its Sydney Campus since 2006.

Br Kelvin said he was looking forward to his new part-time role,“The future of Catholic education is highly dependent on the quality of young university graduates coming into teaching and on the preparation of future leaders. I am looking forward to contributing to this at Notre Dame,” he said.

Br Canavan has lectured in the US, the UK, the Philippines, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Mauritius. He received his Bachelor of Arts from The University of Sydney, Master of Science from Cornell University and the award of Doctor of Education from the University of San Francisco.

In 1997 Br Canavan was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia "for services to education as Executive Director of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney".

He is a Governor of Notre Dame and will be receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University at the inaugural Sydney Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday 17 December 2008.

After taking some leave in 2009, Br Kelvin will commence at Notre Dame in Semester two. He will also continue his involvement with a number of key boards and committees, including the NSW Board of Studies.

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