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New head targets prosperity

UTAS's in-coming Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rufus Black, wants to make Tasmania more prosperous and will continue the move from the 50-year-old Sandy Bay campus into Hobart's CBD. A high achiever despite dyslexia, Professor Black, 48, values non-conformity and will encourage a "healthy craziness" on campus. The son of an activist lawyer, he is an alumni of Melbourne University. He has been a Rhodes Scholar, a theologian and ordained Uniting Church minister, ethicist, philosopher, strategic advisor and management consultant. He completed the Black Review into defence force morality in 2010 and was co-author of an Independent Review of the Australian Intelligence Community in 2011. Neither report pleased all stakeholders. UTAS Chancellor, Michael Field, AC, described Professor Black as a standout in a distinguished group of candidates for the UTAS role. "He demonstrated a rare mix of high intellect, academic standing and commercial experience that we feel will be necessary to lead a period of cultural transformation here," Mr Field said. Professor Black told the ABC: "My family and I have been very regular visitors to the island, and indeed my two [twin] daughters ... feel that Tasmania is more home than anywhere else."

5 December 2017, Edition 190

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