Vice Chancellor Professor Celia Hammond to step down in December 2019

Vice Chancellor Professor Celia Hammond, after more than two decades at Notre Dame, has announced that she will be leaving the University at the end of 2019.

Tuesday 3 April 2018

Vice Chancellor Professor Celia Hammond has had a profound impact on The University of Notre Dame Australia and after more than two decades at Notre Dame, has announced that she will be leaving the University at the end of 2019.

The University’s Board of Trustees and Board of Directors paid tribute to Professor Hammond and to the role she has played in transforming Notre Dame into one of Australia’s highest performing universities.

Speaking for both Boards, Notre Dame’s Chancellor, Hon. Chris Ellison said: “Celia has provided eleven years of extraordinary leadership as Vice Chancellor of Notre Dame during a time of significant change in the Australian higher education landscape. Her achievements are simply too many to list and, as she will continue to lead Notre Dame until the end of 2019, her extraordinary talent means that we can be confident of our continued success.

“I would, however, take this opportunity to acknowledge Celia’s accomplishments by singling out the growth in quality under her leadership - evidenced by the outstanding QILT results, Notre Dame’s financial strength and capital growth, the development of our facilities and the real depth of community experience and common purpose across our campuses. Most of all, I would acknowledge Celia’s absolute dedication to, and love for Notre Dame, its students and staff – always understanding and striving to ensure that the University remains faithful to the Catholic intellectual tradition and to its mission as a witness to the presence of Christ in the world.

“We are delighted that Celia will continue to lead the University until December 2019, and will formally honour her service and leadership at a later date. It is, however, an exciting time for Notre Dame as we prepare our new strategic plan. Led by the Chancellor, the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors, we will shortly commence succession planning to seek a person of the highest calibre to succeed Professor Hammond, and to build on her achievements - past and future.”

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