Notre Dame University appoints new chancellor

Acting Chancellor of The University of Notre Dame Australia, Good Samaritan Sr Sonia Wagner SGS, announced on Friday that the Hon Justice Neville Owen of the Supreme Court of Western Australia had been appointed Chancellor of the University.

Justice Owen (pictured) is a Trustee and Governor of the University and one of Australia's leading jurists. He will will take up the appointment on 1 August, replacing Mr Terry O'Connor QC, whose 15 year term as Chancellor finished at the end of last year.

Born in WA in 1947, Justice Owen has been on the bench since 1991 and has conducted trials at first instance in all areas of the Court's civil and criminal jurisdictions. He conducted the HIH Royal Commission. He has also lectured at the several universities including Notre Dame, and been on the boards of a number of schools and colleges, and the Daughters of Charity Services.

"The University is fortunate to have such a distinguished citizen as Justice Owen in the position of Chancellor at a time when the University is expanding into Sydney," said Sr Wagner. "He is well known and highly respected in both Western Australia and New South Wales; and the Board of Directors looks forward to working with him to continue the growth and development of Notre Dame as a distinctive and high quality Catholic university."

She also paid tribute to the work of his predecessor, Mr Terry O'Connor QC.

"The University owes an enormous debt to Terry O'Connor," she said. "He was there for the early and very difficult establishment years of the University. His strong and unwavering support for the mission of the University provided a firm base on which the Vice Chancellors he worked with knew they could rely."

Mr O'Connor came to the position before Notre Dame had any students, and finished with the enrolment estimated to be 5000 in 2005 and an agreement in place with the Archdiocese of Sydney to establish a Campus in 2006.

New Chancellor Appointed at Notre Dame (University of Notre Dame Australia 13/5/05)

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16 May 2005