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Professor Black to Lead New Chapter As VC

The University of Tasmania has a new Vice-Chancellor and President – Professor Rufus Black.

University Chancellor, Michael Field AC, said that the new VC could lead a new chapter in the life of UTas.

“Professor Black [demonstrates] a rare mix of high intellect, academic standing and commercial experience that we feel will be necessary to lead a period of cultural transformation here,” he said.

The Chancellor urged all students and staff to “embrace this exciting new phase in the life of our institution.”

Even though the name suggests, he has not come to UTas from Hogwarts, however, Professor Black is currently Master of the University of Melbourne’s Ormond College and Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University.

Professor Black wants to continue to enhance the relationship between the university and the Tasmanian community.

“There is an emerging vision of the future and I’m very keen to explore how we harness the collective energy and insight of those within our University – along with the broader community – in bringing that vision to reality,” he said.

He said his first priority coming into the role would be listening to “staff, communities, businesses and government”, but did however, forget to mention students.

President of the Tasmanian University Union (TUU), Clark Cooley, has welcomed the appointment of Professor Black and said the TUU is looking forward to working with the new VC.

“Students will welcome Professor Black’s approach to a consultative and engaging approach to decision making,” he said. “This will become especially vital as the university continues its transformation projects.”

Professor Black replaces outgoing VC, Professor Peter Rathjen, who has left UTas for a position at the University of Adelaide.

The new VC’s term begins in March next year.

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