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Community farewells VC

By Robyn McDougall

Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover prepares to leave the Territory Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover prepares to leave the Territory

The Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University, Professor Barney Glover, is entering his final week at the helm of the Northern Territory’s university before taking up a new position in New South Wales.

Professor Glover will leave CDU on December 10 to take up the role of Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Western Sydney on January 2.

During a recent community farewell held at Parliament House, the CDU Chancellor, Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AM, said Professor Glover had shown outstanding leadership during his almost five years at CDU.

“Professor Glover guided the university to a new level of maturity by working in cooperation with industry, government and other universities,” she said.

The Chancellor thanked Professor Glover for his dedication to building the Territory’s university, citing among his many achievements:

* the development of the North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas
* the establishment of the Medical Program in conjunction with Flinders University
* growing student numbers
* a $250 million infrastructure refresh to benefit both VET and higher education students, and
* the university’s consistently high placings in world rankings of university quality.

“Professor Glover is leaving CDU in a very strong position. Territorians are clearly proud of their university and this is in no small part because of the vision and energy the Vice-Chancellor has brought to the position,” she said.

The University Council is expected to name the next Vice-Chancellor of CDU before the Christmas shutdown on December 19.