New Chancellor Appointed at Notre Dame

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 13-5-2005

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle

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The Acting Chancellor of The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sister Sonia Wagner SGS, today announced that the Hon Justice Neville Owen of the Supreme Court of Western Australia had been appointed Chancellor of the University. Justice Owen is a Trustee and Governor of the University and one of Australia’s leading jurists.

Justice Owen will take up the appointment on 1 August 2005. He replaces Mr Terry O’Connor QC whose 15 year term as Chancellor finished at the end of last year.

Sr Sonia said: “The University is fortunate to have such a distinguished citizen as Justice Owen in the position of Chancellor at a time when the University is expanding into Sydney. He is well known and highly respected in both Western Australia and New South Wales; and the Board of Directors looks forward to working with him to continue the growth and development of Notre Dame as a distinctive and high quality Catholic university.”

Sr Sonia paid tribute to the work of his predecessor, Mr Terry O’Connor QC. “The University owes an enormous debt to Terry O’Connor. He was there for the early and very difficult establishment years of the University. His strong and unwavering support for the mission of the University provided a firm base on which the Vice Chancellors he worked with knew they could rely. He came to the position before Notre Dame had any students. He finished with the enrolment estimated to be 5000 in 2005 and an agreement in place with the Archdiocese of Sydney to establish a Campus there in 2006. His contribution, which was most generous in terms of both his time and benefaction, will be long remembered and appreciated.”

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