02 November 2012

New Deputy Chancellor for UNE

The University of New England yesterday announced the election of Dr Geoff Fox as its new Deputy Chancellor, to succeed Scott Williams, who retired from the position in October.

In announcing the appointment

The Chancellor of UNE, Richard Torbay, said that Dr Fox brought a wealth of experience to the role, including a distinguished 27-year career with the World Bank, six years as Principal Adviser in Agriculture at AusAID, and positions as Adjunct Professor of Rural Science at UNE and Chair of the UNE Foundation.

This is a great appointment, a worthy successor to Scott Williams who served the University well and is a generous benefactor.  I have known Geoff Fox since we both commenced as undergraduates at UNE in 1961, and in recent years I have had the pleasure of serving as a director of the UNE Foundation under his chairmanship.

I might say in passing that I also made the acquaintance of his father, Justice Russell Walter Fox AC QC LLB, having appeared before him in 1976 as Government witness in the Ranger Uranium Environmental Inquiry (“Fox Inquiry”), and subsequently worked with him in the late 1970s when he was Ambassador-at-Large for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Safeguards, based in London, and I was the Deputy Secretary, Department of Trade Resources with responsibility for the uranium functions of the Department; we were at the time negotiating our safeguards agreements with a range of customer countries.

I congratulate Geoff on his appointment and look forward to our continued association.

See the University’s announcement here.

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