University of Melbourne Magazine

Allan Myers new Chancellor

  • One of Australia’s pre-eminent legal and business figures, Allan Myers AC QC, has been appointed as the University’s 22nd Chancellor.

    He began his term on January 1. Mr Myers (BA 1969, LLB(Hons) 1970, LLD 2012) replaced Ms Elizabeth Alexander AM (BCom 1964), who stepped down after six years in the position.

    Qantas Ltd Chairman Mr Leigh Clifford AO (BE 1968, MEngSc 1971) has replaced Mr Myers as Chair of Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne.

    Mr Clifford had served as Deputy Chair since 2013 and together with his family endowed the Clifford Chair in Neural Engineering, a major research collaboration investigating neurological disorders.

    Mr Martyn Myer AO, whose generosity has contributed to the construction of the new Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, will continue as Deputy Chair.

    He will be joined by Ms Jane Hansen, who in 2015 established The Hansen Trust to support the history discipline.

    Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne announced in February it had raised $628 million for the University and engaged almost 63,000 alumni.

    It is the largest philanthropic initiative in Australian history and supports the University’s teaching, research and engagement goals.