The University Council

The Council of the University of Divinity is constituted under the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Victorian Parliament:

  • Church appointments (11): Two members appointed by each of the Anglican Church, Baptist Union, Churches of Christ, Roman Catholic Church, Uniting Church; and one member appointed by the Lutheran Church
  • Official appointments (2): The Vice-Chancellor and the Chair of the Academic Board
  • Council appointments (3): Three members appointed by the Council

Church-appointed and Council-appointed members of the Council are not remunerated. The Vice-Chancellor is an employee of the Council, and the home College of the Chair of the Academic Board receives a payment for release of this staff member’s time.

The Council presently has thirteen external members (i.e. persons who are not employees, staff or students of the University) and three internal members (these include the Vice-Chancellor and the Chair of the Academic Board).

The Council operates within structures established under Regulation 1 and in accordance with the Council Charter.

Current Members of Council

  • Chancellor: Dr Graeme Blackman AO FTSE FAICD BSc BD MTheol PhD (appointed by the Anglican Church)
  • Deputy Chancellor: The Revd Dr Andrew Menzies BA BMin MMin DMin (appointed by the Churches of Christ)
  • Vice-Chancellor: Professor Peter Sherlock BA(Hons) MA DPhil (official appointment)
  • Chair of Academic Board: The Revd Associate Professor Frank Rees (official appointment)
  • Professor Jeanette Baird BA(Hons) BLitt MBA PhD (appointed by the Council)
  • Professor Annette Braunack-Mayer (appointed by the Lutheran Church of Australia)
  • Mr Nick Fels (appointed by Council)
  • The Revd Dr Avril Hannah-Jones BA(Hons) LLB(Hons) BTheol AdvDipMin MDiv PhD (appointed by the Uniting Church in Australia)
  • Emeritus Professor Anne Hunt OAM FACE BSc BEd BTheol DipEd MSc MA DTheol (appointed by the Roman Catholic Church)
  • Emeritus Professor Margaret Jackson LLB GradDipContEd MABus PhD (appointed by Council)
  • The Revd Katrina Lambert BSocSci MDiv(Hons) (appointed by the Baptist Union of Victoria)
  • The Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe BA(Hons) MA MPhil PhD FRHistS (appointed by the Anglican Church)
  • Emeritus Professor Gabrielle McMullen AM FRACI BSc PhD (appointed by the Roman Catholic Church)
  • The Revd Robert Morsillo BSc BD GradDipComDevl DipPubPol MA(Comms) (appointed by the Baptist Union of Victoria)
  • Mr Joel Plotnek CPA BBus BTheol(Hons) (appointed by the Churches of Christ)
  • vacancy (appointed by the Uniting Church in Australia)

Committees of the Council

The Council is supported by seven standing Committees, which bring together members of Council, staff in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, members of the University’s Colleges, and external experts. The Terms of Reference for these Committees are found in the Determinations to Regulation 1.

  • Finance and Investment Committee
  • Governance and Nominations Committee
  • Grants Committee
  • Human Research Ethics Committee
  • Risk Management and Audit Committee
  • Strategic Planning Committee
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Review Committee