Victoria University installed Mr. George Pappas as its fourth Chancellor at a ceremony held on Thursday 13 May. Professor David de Kretser, AC, Governor of Victoria, presided over the ceremony, which attended over 300 people.
Mr. Pappas was born in Rhodes, Greece and came to Australia at the age of six. He was the first in his family to graduate with a degree. Mr. Pappas not only understands the business of education – his life experience makes him acutely aware of the value of education. He believes that the investment his parents and teachers made in his own education is the most important gift he has received. As Mr. de Kretser noted in his speech, Mr Pappas’ life experience, business acumen and outstanding professional skills have equipped him to lead Victoria University.
It is the first time ever that a Greek-Australian immigrant takes over such a role in an Australian University.