Notre Dame names lecture theatre after Stephen Newton

Stephen Newton, Vice-Chancellor, Celia Hammond, and Chancellor, Peter Prendiville.

24 November 2017

Stephen Newton’s dedication to the growth and success of The University of Notre Dame Australia was recognised last night (23 November) at a special room naming ceremony in his honour.

Notre Dame named a lecture theatre, located at Pioneer House on the University’s Broadway campus, Sydney, in appreciation of Mr Newton’s support as a Governor of the University over the past 12 years.

Officiating guests at the naming ceremony were The University’s Deputy Chancellor, Michael L’Estrange, Vice-Chancellor, Celia Hammond, Chief Operating Officer, Peter Tranter, and Chancellor, Peter Prendiville.

Faculty staff, administration and family and friends of Mr Newton’s were also in attendance.

Mr Newton was appointed to the Board of Directors of The University and as Governor in 2005, during the time when the proposal to establish a Sydney campus was under consideration.

Since then Mr Newton has been involved in all matters relating to the University’s operations in Australia with a particular focus on assisting the University acquire and develop property assets to establish a physical campus in Sydney at both Broadway and Darlinghurst.

Speaking at the event, Chancellor Peter Prendiville said: “Through his wise analyses, commercial insights and faithfulness to our mission as a Catholic institution, Stephen has contributed significantly to the governance of the University.”

Mr Newton said he felt extremely honoured to have a lecture theatre named after him. “I have been and remain committed to the important contribution of Catholic education, and in the case of The University of Notre Dame, Catholic tertiary education and the impact it can and does have on people’s lives,” he said.

“I believe that as members of the Catholic Church in Australia we should wherever possible contribute to the success and growth of the church and that is why I have always been pleased and willing to contribute my time to furthering the success and influence of The University of Notre Dame,” added Mr Newton.

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