Allan Myers AC QC will step down as University of Melbourne Chancellor at the end of 2022, after announcing he will not seek reappointment at the conclusion of his current term of office.
Commencing the role in January 2017, Mr Myers has completed two distinguished terms as Chancellor of the University over a six-year period.
He is widely recognised as one of Australia’s pre-eminent barristers, an accomplished businessman and noted philanthropist. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1969 and has over 50 years association with the University.
“The University of Melbourne is one of Australia’s most important institutions, and I am honoured to have served as its 22nd Chancellor,” Mr Myers said.
University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Duncan Maskell acknowledged the outstanding leadership of Mr Myers.
“Allan has dedicated a lifetime to the interests of the University. During his time as Chancellor, the University has upheld its position as Australia’s leading higher education institution, recording strong performances in international rankings. Melbourne has maintained its solid financial performance during challenging times and had continued to be an outstanding place of education and research.”
“As Chancellor, Allan has been an advocate for improving the student experience and for the University’s Believe Campaign, which exceeded its goals of raising $1 billion in philanthropic support and engaging 100,000 alumni in the life of the University since 2013. He has remained committed to promoting the public duty of the University to serve broader society.
“He has overseen the University’s mission, through its Advancing Melbourne strategy, to deliver tangible benefits to the community through partnerships with government, industry, and cultural institutions.”
Professor Maskell acknowledged the support the Chancellor has provided to both him and the leadership team at the University, especially during his transition to the role of Vice-Chancellor in 2018 and through the challenges presented by the global pandemic.
“The Chancellor has played a very significant role in the life of the University of Melbourne and I look forward to working with him for the remainder of his term and beyond,” Professor Maskell said.
The University Council will now commence the search for the University’s next Chancellor.