The University of Adelaide Council today announced the appointment of former Governor of South Australia, Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd), as its 16th Chancellor commencing on 1 December 2014.
Deputy Chancellor Ms Dianne Davidson confirmed that Rear Admiral Scarce will succeed the Honourable Robert Hill who retired from the position of Chancellor in July 2014.
Ms Davidson said that the Council was delighted to welcome Rear Admiral Scarce as the University realises a transformative strategic agenda and Australia’s higher education sector faces unprecedented reform.
“Rear Admiral Scarce joins the University of Adelaide at a critical time,” said Ms Davidson. “He has been a great supporter of the University of Adelaide for many years and he offers a unique set of experiences and insights to lead our Council going forward.
“He has a long history of working productively with both local industry and the State Government and, most importantly, he shares wholeheartedly our vision to become Australia’s most distinctive university and to firmly reinforce our reputation as the State’s leading research-intensive institution,” she said.
The Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Warren Bebbington, echoed the Deputy-Chancellor’s endorsement: “Rear Admiral Scarce is held in such high regard, not only here in South Australia, but far beyond our borders. He brings to the table first-hand appreciation of the pivotal juncture between governance and management – we’re incredibly fortunate to welcome him as the University’s 16th Chancellor.
“Most recently, he has been generous in supporting our quest to lift the educational aspirations of disadvantaged students in South Australia,” said Professor Bebbington. “His values and focus are clearly much aligned to what we aim to achieve at the University in the coming years.”
The incoming Chancellor said he was looking forward to commencing at the University: “I am eager to start working with members of council, the vice-chancellor and executive team,” said Rear Admiral Scarce. “I have enormous admiration for the work undertaken by the University of Adelaide, from the cutting-edge research and commercialisation opportunities to the education of our best and brightest students.
“The University of Adelaide is an integral part of South Australia’s identity and delivers in so many ways to the State’s economy and future prosperity. I am looking forward to driving an even closer relationship with the community, especially with business. In my capacity as Chancellor, I’m honoured to oversee the governance and be part of a new era of excellence for the University.”