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An official welcome for ECU’s new Chancellor

Friday, 05 April 2019


Edith Cowan University (ECU) welcomed its fourth Chancellor – and first female to hold the role – at an event featuring the WA Police Pipe Band, Indigenous performers and musicians.

The Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC was officially invested by the Governor of Western Australia the Honourable Kim Beazley AC at a ceremony at the Joondalup Campus today.

The event began with a procession led by the WA Police Pipe Band and the Wadumbah Dance Group and included ECU academic staff, VIPs and invited guests. The group processed from the University’s iconic Chancellery Building to Building 32 for the official ceremony.

Also in attendance were Minister for Education and Training the Honourable Sue Ellery MLC, City of Joondalup mayor the Honourable Albert Jacob JP, City of Wanneroo mayor the Honourable Tracey Roberts JP and City of Stirling mayor Mark Irwin.

The Wadumbah Dance Group performed a traditional Bibbulmun Aboriginal dance, followed by a Welcome to Country by Dr Shaun Nannup.

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) students Joshua Respondek, Trevor Stockton, Christian Meares, Riley Sutton and Keely Brittain performed the national anthem.

Aiming high

The Governor of Western Australia officially invested Mrs Sanderson as Chancellor by reading the charge and presenting her with her robe of office.

"With Mrs Sanderson's renowned work ethic, coupled with her reputation for excellence and for bringing organisations and people together to collaborate for better outcomes, I know this is the start of a very exciting chapter of the university," the Hon Kim Beazley said.

Mrs Sanderson spoke about how the motto of her high school, 'Aim High', had influenced her life.

"I've often used a quote sometimes attributed to Michelangelo to the effect that it is better to aim high and not reach than to aim low and achieve that aim," she said.

"Being Chancellor of ECU at this time is something I'm both pleased about and look forward to. Particularly working with other council members and the Vice-Chancellor and his team to continue to serve the students of this university and the economy of Western Australia in terms of learning and important research."


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