Federation University chancellor Dr Paul Hemming will retire in October.
Dr Hemming joined the university council in 2007 and was appointed chancellor in 2012, when he was also appointed chair of the Federation University Australia Foundation of which he became Patron two years ago.
“There have been many challenges and highlights over 11 years, but conferring awards on thousands of our graduates, especially our first cohort in Gippsland, will always hold a place in my heart,” Dr Hemming said.
“It is so rewarding to engage with students from all our campuses, and to feel the excitement and expectation as they progress into careers where they can contribute so much into the communities where they studied.”
Dr Hemming was at the helm when the university changed names from the University of Ballarat to FedUni in 2014 after it expanded in to Gippsland. New campuses have since been launched in Berwick and Brisbane.
Dr Hemming, a GP, was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2018 Australia Day Awards for distinguished service to higher education administration and leadership in medicine and general practice.
FedUni vice chancellor and president Professor Helen Bartlett paid tribute to Dr Hemming for his unwavering support of the university during his six years as chancellor.
“Paul is an extremely dedicated and giving person. His service and commitment to FedUni have been exceptional,” she said.
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