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With hindsight, Gippsland remains the strangest of the mergers. Gippsland had been courted by Deakin, who were also in the distance education market, but the deal fell through. Monash Vice-Chancellor Mal Logan and Registrar Tony Pritchard were hopeful a merge with Gippsland would not only expand Monash’s presence into the southeast of Victoria, but also open the door for the University to move into distance education. Tom Kennedy, Director of the Gippsland Institute, was cautious. But Logan was a great persuader and he seemed to understand the role of the regional community in the Institute. The Churchill campus was particularly important as the only higher education provider in the region. The merger would go slowly, with Gippsland becoming a full campus over a few years. This model suited Professor Kennedy, who remembered the rocky merger of Monash and Chisholm, and felt a gradual coming together would be best for Gippsland.