Dean Charman steps down

Professor Charman and his successor as Dean, Professor Arthur Christopoulos

In characteristically self-effacing fashion, he didn’t want a fuss. But on a Friday afternoon at the end of May, Professor Bill Charman attended a small farewell celebration to mark the end of nearly 13 years as the Dean of the Monash Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

In a series of brief speeches, staff including Associate Professor Joe Nicolazzo and incoming Dean Professor Arthur Christopoulos paid tribute to Professor Charman’s attributes as a leader and mentor.

Longtime collaborators Faculty General Manager Marian Costelloe and Professor Charman

During a short but at times emotional address, Professor Charman reflected upon the unique culture of the faculty, and attributed its successes to date to a combination of talent and generosity of spirit.

Professor Charman – who has long been cited as one of the world’s top 1% of researchers in Pharmacology and Toxicology in the annual Highly-Cited Researchers tables – will not be lost to the Faculty. He will be returning to his research career.

Dean Charman’s predecessors watch over the crowd. His portrait will be joining theirs by the end of 2019.