Federation University has welcomed its new chancellor at an installation ceremony on the Mount Helen campus on Wednesday evening.
Terry Moran will become the university's sixth chancellor, bringing a wealth of experience as one of Australia's leading public servants.
Mr Moran served previously as secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia’s most senior public servant position, from 2008 to 2011.
Over that time, Mr Moran covered a wide range of roles, including playing a large part in developing strategies during the financial crisis of 2008-09.
In a statement, Mr Moran spoke about his feelings regarding his new role.
“I’m honoured and excited to be installed as Federation University’s new Chancellor," he said.
"I look forward to working with the university as it grows its reputation for research, innovation and excellence in teaching and learning.”
Vice-chancellor and president professor Helen Bartlett spoke highly of the experience and knowledge Mr Moran brings to the position.
“Terry brings a wealth of experience in strategic policy decision making, which includes the university and TAFE sector," she said.
"We are excited to have him join the university as we grow and expand our reach.”
Mr Moran began his three-year term as chancellor in October of 2018.
Mr Moran's brings with him a diverse range of skills garnered inroles that include chair of the Melbourne Theatre Company, the NSW Barangaroo Delivery Authority, as well as conducting a strategic capability review of the Southern Australian TAFE system at the request of the South Australian Government.
Mr Moran will have his hands full as he and Professor Bartlett look to enact serious changes throughout the university.
Professor Bartlett said it was also a constant goal at the university to attract students both locally and outside of Ballarat.
“When you are working in a regional area… they won’t automatically come to you,” she said.
“You have to make sure you are offering the right courses, that you are appealing to the local population, that you are recognised and respected locally and that you are integrated.”
FedUni has recently seen a slight rise in it's number of students, bucking the Australia-wide trend.