Victoria University Chancellor George Pappas

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.

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RANKED IN TOP 4% OF UNIVERSITIES

(QS World University Rankings 2015-2016) and is one of the
largest and most culturally diverse institutions in Australia.

INTERNATIONALLY CONNECTED

Over 100 exchange partners worldwide provide students with
opportunities to participate in short-term study tours and
student exchange programs.

HIGH ACHIEVING ALUMNI

VU Alumni have been awarded Young Victorian of the Year,
Victorian Young Achiever of The Year, AOs, OAMs and more.

VU’s collaboration with a broad network of industry opens-in-a-new-window and business partners provides outstanding opportunities for student workplace learning opens-in-a-new-window. 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 opens-in-a-new-window 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 opens-in-a-new-window 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
  • Business
  • Education
  • Arts
  • 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 opens-in-a-new-window

Victoria University Council

The 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 opens-in-a-new-window site and follow these steps:

  1. click on “Victorian Law Today”
  2. at the top left hand corner select “Acts” and the letter “V”
  3. scroll down and select “Victoria University Act 2010”
  4. click on the PDF or Microsoft Word icon.

Membership of Victoria University’s Council is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members

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)

Elected Members

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:

Nominations Committee

Chair – Mrs Gaye Hamilton

Remuneration Committee

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:

Academic Board

Chair – Ms Deborah Tyler

Courses Committee

Chair – Associate Professor Tom Clark

Research and Research Training Committee

Chair – Associate Professor Debra Kerr

Learning and Teaching Quality Committee

Chair – Ms Jacinta Richards

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