The La Trobe U vice chancellor’s contract is extended for three more years
Sensible move by LT U Council’s – Dewar has done well, since taking over as VC at then languishing La Trobe in 2012.
He moved methodically to change the university, restructuring courses, staffing and administration in comprehensive changes that cost jobs and were deeply unpopular with many staff. The campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union certainly opposed them long and hard.
But by 2017 LT U was set for growth, which he committed to delivering in that year’s five-year plan, which included things the generality of university strategies eschew – hard targets, including a world top 250 place in the Academic Ranking of World Universities and specific revenue goals.
Dewar also put his money where his plan is – in March 2017 he kicked-in $100 000 for La Trobe U’s first-ever fund-raiser.