Saturday, July 26, 2008

Onya Big Kim!

Former Labor leader Kim Beazley has been appointed chancellor of the Australian National University (ANU).

Professor Beazley is currently working at the University of Western Australia where he took up a post after retiring from politics last year.

During his 27 year political career he served as deputy prime minister, defence minister and leader of the Opposition.

ANU vice-chancellor Ian Chubb says Professor Beazley will be an asset to the university.

"Kim Beazley has made a remarkable contribution to Australia through public office and is now set to continue that record in his role as chancellor of Australia's leading university," he said.

He says Professor Beazley has many strong attributes including his commitment to the education sector and to universities.

"He's very intelligent, he's very well connected in the political, bureaucratic and business world, a lot of the things that you need to add value to the university through a job like that are things that he can bring," he said.

Professor Beazley will take up the appointment at the start of next year.

"He has a commitment to higher education and a knowledge of it that's unparalleled and I think he'll be very very good," he said.

Labor frontbencher Bob McMullan says Professor Beazley also has three important attributes.

"He's got a great commitment to higher education, a profound knowledge of higher education and the leadership and public speaking skills that'll be a great sort of advocacy function for the university."

From ABC Online for the full story click the link.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I loved Kim..thought he would make a good PM, I read an interview on him one day and he seemed down to earth and able to laugh at himself. He was trying to lose weight at the time and cracking up at himself and his efforts