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Honorary doctorates for two of Australia’s brightest

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19 October 2011

Lady Primrose Potter AC and Sir Roderick Carnegie AC
Lady Primrose Potter AC and Sir Roderick Carnegie AC

Last week Monash acknowledged the work and achievements of two of the nation’s most accomplished leaders.

Lady Primrose Potter AC and Sir Roderick Carnegie AC were conferred the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa in separate ceremonies by Monash University Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel.

As Life Governor of the Ian Potter Foundation, Lady Potter has championed a number of issues and delivered significant support for initiatives and programs for the wider community. With a particular focus on advances in science, medicine, environmental protection and community wellbeing, Lady Potter is an acknowledged leader in the Australian philanthropic sector.      

Under the stewardship of Lady Potter, the Ian Potter Foundation has become a committed supporter of Monash University, playing an enabling role in the development of the Monash University Museum of Art and the Monash University Medical Foundation.

Sir Roderick’s recognition reflects significant achievement in a career that has seen him succeed across a range of sectors. As founding partner of McKinsey & Company’s Australian consulting operation, Sir Roderick has been at the forefront of innovation in Australian industry and led the way in forging and maintaining important strategic relationships on behalf of the nation on the international stage.  His pursuit of innovation continues in earnest through the commercialisation of new technology geared toward improving the emission performance and environmental sustainability of brown coal.

Dr Finkel said it was wonderful to be able to acknowledge the contribution that Lady Potter and Sir Roderick have made to both Monash University and the wider Australian community.

“They are distinguished community leaders who have continually displayed a commitment to progress and development here at Monash,” Dr Finkel said.

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