JCU University Council elects next Chancellor

James Cook University’s governing body, the University Council, has elected Bill Tweddell as JCU’s next Chancellor.

Mr Tweddell will replace the current Chancellor, Lt. Gen. John Grey AC (Retired), who has previously announced he will retire from the position at the completion of his current term on March 25, 2016.

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Bill Tweddell is JCU’s next Chancellor (Photo credit: JCU)

The University Council met to consider two candidates for the position of Chancellor.

Bill Tweddell has been elected as Chancellor for a five-year term, beginning March 26th 2016. He will be the university’s fifth Chancellor, and the first alumnus to be elected to the role.

Mr Tweddell has enjoyed a distinguished career in Australia’s diplomatic service spanning four decades. He is currently Australia’s Ambassador to the Philippines, having served in the position since 2012.

Other career highlights include serving as Ambassador to Vietnam, Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Deputy High Commissioner to India, and High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Mr Tweddell grew up in Townsville and completed bachelor degrees in English and Economics at James Cook University. In 2010 he was recognised as an Outstanding Alumnus of JCU.

“I am honoured and humbled to be elected Chancellor, and I am acutely conscious of the big shoes I am to fill,” Bill Tweddell said.

John Grey said he is delighted by Mr Tweddell’s election. “Bill is an outstanding Australian who has maintained his contacts with James Cook University throughout his career, and particularly since 2010 when he was recognised as an Outstanding Alumnus.”

Bill Tweddell said he will bring to the university his experience in promoting Australian initiatives in the region.

“Mine has been an Asia-focused career by choice. This focus has enabled me to develop extensive, high-level knowledge and access to senior government representatives in the region.”

“These postings and my North Queensland upbringing bring depth to my commitment to JCU’s tropical agenda in our region and beyond.”

The Chancellor is the Chair of the university’s governing body, Council and presides over all Council meetings. The Chancellor is elected to this honorary position by the members of the Council.

Lt. Gen. Grey was first appointed as Chancellor in 1999.

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