Australian Catholic University has awarded its highest honour, an honorary doctorate, to its long-serving former vice-chancellor and president Greg Craven during graduation ceremonies in Sydney.
The university recognised Professor Craven for his leadership and contribution during his 13-year reign as vice-chancellor and president which guided ACU through a period of growth to transform it into a university of global prominence.
ACU is now ranked as one of the top 10 Catholic universities globally.
Among Professor Craven’s notable achievements was oversight of the university’s expansion strategy. ACU grew from a modest teaching university to rank first, or equal first, for 10 research fields, according to the ARC Excellence in Research for Australia assessment 2019.
Under his tenure, ACU also established its first international campus in Rome, saw significant growth in student enrolments and expanded its research capabilities forming five new centres, and four new clinical schools.
However, it was his mission to provide greater university access to traditionally under-represented groups that remains close to his heart.
Recognising the role that Catholic education played in his fate, Professor Craven devoted many years to creating educational opportunities for others. He came from humble Irish origins but was able to break the cycle of poverty that mired his ancestors.
ACU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Zlatko Skrbis said Professor Craven’s legacy would live on in the students who, through Catholic education, gained a world of opportunity, earning a better life for themselves, their families, and future generations.