Farewell to big man on campus
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.
Outgoing ECU Chancellor Dr Hendy Cowan and Professor Colleen Hayward.