Sydney Cardinal steps down as Chancellor
Cardinal Edward Clancy has stepped down as Chancellor of Australian Catholic University, fuelling speculation that his departure as Archbishop is imminent.
Cardinal Clancy was the University's foundation Chancellor and had held the position since the University's incorporation in 1990.
The Catholic Weekly reports that the Cardinal has been replaced in the position by Br Julian McDonald, who has been a member of the University Senate since 1992, and had been Pro-Chancellor since 1995.
The ACU will pay tribute to Cardinal Clancy's 10-year contribution to the University at a farewell dinner on tomorrow.
"All of us are deeply grateful to his Eminence for the strength of his leadership, commitment and spiritual guidance," Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan commented. "We have lost a Chancellor who has served this University with outstanding distinction and who has guided us unerringly. Also, we have gained a new Chancellor who will take us into the future and who promises more."
Br McDonald said he hopes to continue the good work of his predecessor.
"I will be delighted if I come close to the quality of leadership displayed by my predecessor who has guided ACU from its earliest beginnings to what it is today," the new Chancellor said.