Update on Chancellor appointment

Monday, 21 June 2021

The Hon. Mark Vaile has reviewed his decision to take on the role of Chancellor of The University of Newcastle and has advised of his intention now not to proceed.

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Mr Vaile said that he commends the University for its ethos as a unifying force, of and for our region and the communities it serves. Based on feedback from some of the University’s constituents, he believes that the best course of action is not to proceed with the appointment.

We respect Mr Vaile’s decision and recognise that he has made this decision in the best interests of the University.

The University Council is scheduled to meet tomorrow, Tuesday 22 June 2021, where it will now consider the process for the appointment of a new Chancellor, cognisant of the need for continuity of appropriate governance.

A further update will be provided following this meeting.


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