Notre Dame appoints new leaders

Chris Ellison and Michael LEstrange

Former Western Australia senator Chris Ellison has this week been appointed as the new Chancellor of the University of Notre Dame Australia from January 2018, The eRecord reports.

Former politician Michael L’Estrange AO has been appointed Deputy Chancellor from April 2018.

Current UNDA Chancellor, Peter Prendiville, who will step down from the position on 31 December, said he is delighted with the appointments of Mr Ellison and Mr L’Estrange.

“Both men are widely respected and bring with them a shared commitment to Notre Dame and a wealth of exceptional public, private and educational experience,” Mr Prendiville said.

“It is this experience, underpinned by a passion for Notre Dame, that will prove vital in shaping the University as it continues to build on its outstanding achievements, and pursues its Objects and Mission,” he said.

Mr Ellison represented WA in the Senate from 1993 to 2009 and prior to that was a partner in his law firm Williams Ellison. He also served in the outer ministry and Howard government cabinet from 1997 to 2007. To this date he remains Australia’s longest serving Minister for Justice and is a current legal practitioner.

He is Deputy Chair of the Board of Trinity College Perth, has been a Governor of UNDA since 2009 and a Director at UNDA since 2015.

Mr Ellison thanked the Trustees for his appointment, first acknowledging Mr Prendiville’s outstanding and dedicated service to UNDA.

“Peter brought to his Chancellorship a lifetime of experience in business and government, combined with a deep institutional knowledge of Notre Dame from its very beginning. We have all benefited from Peter’s leadership as Chancellor,” Mr Ellison said.

“He always has, and will be, absolutely committed to Notre Dame, its Mission and to supporting the next generation of students.

“I am honoured to become Chancellor of The University of Notre Dame Australia, an institution that I have been involved with for nearly 10 years, and associated with for many more.

“Notre Dame has a unique purpose, grounded in the Catholic intellection tradition and providing a distinctive education in Fremantle, in Sydney and at its Campus of Reconciliation, in Broome.”

Mr L’Estrange said he is very much looking forward to working with Mr Ellison and the Board of Trustees as Notre Dame continues to grow and build on its achievements.


UNDA welcomes new Chancellor and Deputy Chancellor (The eRecord)

Notre Dame welcomes new Chancellor (University of Notre Dame)

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