Mr George Pappas AO, BEc(Hons)Monash, MBA Harvard Business School
Chancellor of Victoria University
The Chancellor is part of the University Council, which is the governing authority of the University and responsible for the direction and superintendence of VU.
George Pappas AO became the fourth Chancellor of Victoria University on 1 January 2010. His term as Chancellor will cease on 31 December 2019.
George was born in Rhodes, Greece and emigrated to Australia in 1952. He has a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours from Monash University (1968) and an MBA, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School (1971).
After graduating from Harvard Business School in 1971, George joined the international management consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Boston, later moving to Tokyo.
He returned to Australia and co-founded Pappas Carter Evans and Koop (PCEK) in 1979. Over the next ten years, PCEK became the leading Australian management consultancy providing strategic advice to the top management of our largest companies. Following BCG’s acquisition of PCEK in 1990, George became Managing Partner of BCG’s Australasian offices and a member of BCG’s worldwide Executive Committee.
George retired from BCG in 2002 and remains a Senior Advisor to the firm. Since then George has undertaken several assignments for State and Federal governments, including serving as the Under Secretary of the Victorian Premier’s Department from 2003 to 2005 and leading the Audit of the Federal Defence Budget in 2008. He was a participant in the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit.
George was appointed Chairman of the Committee for Melbourne in 2005 and retired after eight years as Chairman at the Committee’s Annual General Meeting in November 2013. During his tenure, he led a group whose members comprise a cross section of the city’s most influential companies and institutions and personally led the Committee’s effort to support new and innovative industry development, as well as the promotion of Melbourne’s Higher Education sector.
As Chairman of Energy Matters Pty Ltd (2008-2014), George led and mentored a group of young entrepreneurs who are establishing one of Australia’s leading suppliers and installers of clean energy products.
George also has chaired the Federal Government’s Defence Strategic Reform Advisory Board (2009-2012) and is a former Director of the Western Bulldogs Football Club.
Based in Melbourne, Victoria University (VU) is a dual-sector university, committed to delivering an outstanding learning experience that empowers students from diverse backgrounds to grow their capabilities and transform their lives.
It is one of the few Australian universities that provides higher education as well as vocational education and training. VU offers unique and exceptional opportunities through a distinctive model of tertiary education, applied and translational research and mutually beneficial partnerships – VU is the University of Opportunity and Success.
In addition to undergraduate degrees and postgraduate coursework and research degrees, VU also offers short courses, apprenticeships, certificates and diplomas through its TAFE entity Victoria Polytechnic. Flexible learning pathways allow students to design their own study journey, entering from various points and exiting when they’ve reached their goals.
Among VU’s distinguishing features are strong connections to industry and the community. These connections allow courses to be shaped to match current industry needs so VU students graduate work-ready.
VU has several campuses in Melbourne’s CBD and western suburbs, and one campus in Sydney. It also offers courses at partner institutions throughout Asia. Some 202,000 VU alumni now reside and work in more than 140 countries worldwide.
RANKED IN TOP 4% OF UNIVERSITIES
HIGH ACHIEVING ALUMNI
VU’s collaboration with a broad network of industry and business partners provides outstanding opportunities for student workplace learning . Among its key partners are the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Western Health, City West Water, LinFox, Australian Institute of Sport, CSIRO, Tourism Victoria, AusAID and the World Health Organisation.
It is also a recognised leader in sport education with a growing national and international reputation in teaching and undertaking research in sport, exercise science and active living.
VU provides comprehensive academic, career and financial support to its students.
Its range of scholarship programs include Achievement Scholarships offered to each of the almost 50 secondary schools in Melbourne’s west, and the new Chancellor’s Scholars Program for commencing students achieving an ATAR of least 90. Access Scholarships are available for students with financial need.
Areas of expertise:
- Sport and Exercise Science
- Engineering & Science
- Law & Justice
- Information Technology
In 2016 VU celebrates a Centenary of Opportunity – 100 years of providing outstanding educational opportunities to local, national and international students. This year, we also celebrate our 25th anniversary as a university.
To find out more, visit the Victoria University website www.vu.edu.au
Victoria University Council
- is the governing body of the University;
- has the general direction and superintendence of the University; and
- subject to this Act, the university statutes and university regulations, may exercise all the powers, functions and duties of the University.
The primary Responsibilities, Powers and Functions of the Council are included in the Victoria University Act 2010 (VIC).
To view the most up-to-date version of the Victoria University Act 2010 (VIC) visit the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents site and follow these steps:
- click on “Victorian Law Today”
- at the top left hand corner select “Acts” and the letter “V”
- scroll down and select “Victoria University Act 2010”
- click on the PDF or Microsoft Word icon.
Membership of Victoria University’s Council is as follows:
Mr George Pappas AO – Chancellor (to 31 December 2019)
Mr Peter Dawkins – Vice-Chancellor
Ms Deborah Tyler – Chair of Academic Board
Appointed Members – Government
Ms Virginia Simmons (to 31 December 2018)
Mrs Gaye Hamilton (to 31 December 2017)
Ms Elizabeth Beattie (to 31 December 2018)
Mr Mark Toohey (to 31 December 2016)
Mr Geoff Dale (to 31 December 2017)
Appointed Members – Council
Associate Professor Rufus Black – Deputy Chancellor (to 31 December 2016)
Ms Rhonda Hawkins AM (to 31 December 2017)
Mr Wayne Kayler-Thomson (to 31 December 2018)
Ms Lyn Hannah (to 31 December 2016)
Mr Kee Wong (to 31 December 2016)
Vacant – Staff (to 31 July 2018)
Vacant – Student (to 31 July 2018)
Other Governing Bodies
Other Governing bodies within the University include:
Council Standing Committees:
Chair – Mrs Gaye Hamilton
Chair – Mr George Pappas AO, Chancellor
Investment and Finance Committee
Chair – Mr Mark Toohey
Compliance, Audit and Risk Committee
Chair – Mr Peter George
Infrastructure Planning Sub-Committee
Chair – Associate Professor Rufus Black, Deputy Chancellor
Leadership and Culture Sub-Committee
Chair – Mr Geoff Dale
Academic Board and Standing Committees:
Chair – Ms Deborah Tyler
Chair – Associate Professor Tom Clark
Research and Research Training Committee
Chair – Associate Professor Debra Kerr
Learning and Teaching Quality Committee
Chair – Ms Jacinta Richards