John Watkins new UNE chancellor

Former NSW Deputy Premier John Watkins has been appointed chancellor at UNE. 

Mr Watkins beat three other candidates to the top position at a meeting of UNE Council held earlier today at Parramatta.

UNE Vice-Chancellor Jim Barber said Mr Watkins was an excellent choice as the University’s eighth Chancellor.

“I am looking forward to the fresh approach and ideas Mr Watkins will bring to the position,” Professor Barber said.

Mr Watkins said he was honoured to take on the position.

“UNE has a proud history of being innovative in its approach to the delivery of education and I look forward to continuing that tradition,” he said.

“Since joining the UNE Council in 2012, I have gained an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead for UNE. I have great respect for Professor Barber and believe we will work well together to deliver the strategic vision of the university."

Full report in tomorrow's Express. 

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