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Portraits chronicle contributions

By Louise Errington

CDU Chancellor Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AC and former Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover with their portraits by artist Danelle Bergstrom CDU Chancellor Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AC and former Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover with their portraits by artist Danelle Bergstrom

The contribution to higher education in the Northern Territory by two prominent members of the Charles Darwin University community has been recognised.

In an age-old university tradition, Chancellor Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AC and former Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover had their portraits unveiled at the final CDU Council gathering of 2013.

Chancellor Thomas was a Member of the Northern Territory University (NTU) Council from 1989 to 2003. When NTU changed its name to CDU in 2003, she was appointed to the university’s Council and elected Deputy Chancellor. She was appointed Chancellor on 1 January 2010, a position she still holds.

After almost five years as CDU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glover can list the development of the North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas, the establishment of the Northern Territory Medical Program, the university’s $250 million infrastructure refresh, and CDU’s consistently high placings in world rankings of university quality among his many achievements.

Professor Glover left CDU in late 2013 to take up the role of Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Western Sydney.

The portraits were painted by prominent Sydney artist Danelle Bergstrom, who has won Archibald and Portia Geach prizes, among other prestigious art awards.

Both paintings hang in the Casuarina campus Council Room alongside the portraits of former Chancellor Richard Ryan AO and Professor Glover’s predecessor Emeritus Professor Helen Garnett PSM, also by Ms Bergstrom.