Farewell to big man on cam­pus

Wanneroo Weekender - - News -

ECU held a farewell event last week for chan­cel­lor Hendy Cowan, who will leave the univer­sity af­ter 14 years in the role.

Dr Cowan, who will re­tire from his lead­er­ship po­si­tion at the end of the year, is the long­est-serv­ing chan­cel­lor in the univer­sity’s his­tory.

Col­leagues likened Dr Cowan to the “big man on cam­pus” for the way he sup­ported col­leagues and built con­sen­sus through­out the univer­sity.

ECU vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Steve Chap­man thanked him for his ded­i­ca­tion to the role at the Oc­to­ber 17 farewell.

“Hendy has led a dis­tin­guished ca­reer span­ning many decades across pol­i­tics, ed­u­ca­tion and farming,” he said.

“He has made a mon­u­men­tal con­tri­bu­tion to ECU.”

Since join­ing the ECU coun­cil in 2004, the grand­nephew of Edith Cowan has chaired 83 coun­cil meet­ings, at­tended more than 100 grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies and pre­sented about 70,000 grad­uands with their tes­ta­murs.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate tremen­dously my time here at ECU,” Dr Cowan said.

“It has been a great hon­our to serve and I am so grate­ful that I was given the op­por­tu­nity to take on the role of chan­cel­lor.”

Kerry San­der­son, for­mer Gov­er­nor of WA, will take over the role of ECU’s Chan­cel­lor from Jan­uary 2019.

Pic­ture: Stephen Heath Pho­tog­ra­phy

Out­go­ing ECU Chan­cel­lor Dr Hendy Cowan and Pro­fes­sor Colleen Hay­ward.

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