John Brumby appointed joint V-C's Professorial Fellow

John Brumby

John Brumby

John Brumby appointed joint Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at Melbourne and Monash universities.

Former Victorian Premier John Brumby has been appointed Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Monash University, in a joint appointment.

Mr Brumby, who holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne, commenced his appointment today, 2 June 2011.

Mr Brumby joins former Federal Liberal MP Petro Georgiou as joint Vice-Chancellor’s Fellows at Melbourne and Monash.

In his part-time role, Mr Brumby will contribute to various aspects of public life at the two universities including delivering student and public lectures, providing strategic advice to a number of Faculties and Schools and advising the universities on how they can progress their most exciting initiatives, particularly in science and innovation.

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said Mr Brumby’s appointment would enhance the Melbourne community with his extensive experience in political and public life, and his passion for innovation, research and development.

“Mr Brumby has been a stalwart supporter of great initiatives such as the Bio 21 Institute, the IBM Collaboratory and super computer based at this university and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.  He has been a champion of Victorian-led biotechnology and innovation.

“We warmly welcome this exciting appointment,” Professor Davis said.

Monash Vice-Chancellor Professor Ed Byrne said Mr Brumby had been a tremendous support to Monash during his time as Premier and as leader of the State's innovation and strategic development portfolios.

"Our community is very much looking forward to Mr Brumby joining Monash in a more official capacity. His vision to develop Victoria into a hub for world class science, the realisation of the Australian Synchrotron being located at Clayton during his time as Innovation Minister and his support for biotechnology, medical research and understanding of business collaboration opportunities makes for a wonderful partnership," Professor Byrne said.

Mr Brumby said he was delighted to accept the appointment working on behalf of two of Australia’s finest universities. 

“Melbourne and Monash are great universities that make a huge contribution to our economy, our intellectual life and the wonderful quality of life we enjoy in Victoria.

“I look forward to contributing to public debate through lectures and teaching as well as supporting the Universities generally, and particularly in medical research, science and innovation,” Mr Brumby said.

John Brumby was Premier of Victoria from 2007-2010 after spending seven years as the State’s Treasurer.  He has also been Minister for Innovation, Minister for State and Regional Development, and was the Leader of the Opposition for six years, and the State Member for Broadmeadows from 1993-2010.

Since retiring from State Parliament, Mr Brumby has been appointed Chairman of the Motor Trades Association of Australia Superannuation Fund Pty Limited and a Panel Member of the Federal Government’s GST Distribution Review.