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New Chancellor installed


13 March 2008

13 March 2008

In an historic first, a Monash graduate has been installed as the new Chancellor of Monash University.

Dr Alan Finkel was installed as the University's seventh Chancellor by Victorian Governor and University visitor Professor David de Kretser at a ceremony at the Robert Blackwood Hall on the Clayton campus.

Dr Finkel received a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering at Monash in 1981.

The installation took place before the University's 681st graduation ceremony. Dr Finkel then told the audience he had a dual sense of pride, firstly as the newly installed Chancellor and also as a parent of one of the graduands, his son Victor who was to receive his Bachelor of Music.

Dr Finkel said the appointment of a Monash graduate to Chancellor was in important milestone for the University and that when offered the position in April last year he did not hesitate to accept.

Monash Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Larkins, congratulated Dr Finkel on behalf of all staff and students.

He said the appointment of a University alumnus as Chancellor was a sign that Monash was coming of age.

Profile of Dr Alan Finkel AM