University farewells long-standing Registrar

Friday, 18 April 1997

University of Adelaide farewells long-standing Registrar Mr Frank O'Neill is leaving the University of Adelaide after more than 16 years as Registrar, the University has announced.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mary O'Kane, said Mr O'Neill had played a most significant role in the University's growth and development.

"He's one of the great lateral thinkers and problem solvers in the Australian higher education system," Professor O'Kane said.

She said Mr O'Neill had supported four Vice-Chancellors in the expansion of the University from an institution of 9000 students in 1981 to 15,000 students this year.

The Chancellor, Mr Bill Scammell, praised Mr O'Neill's dedicated and enthusiastic service to the University, particularly his support of its governing body, the University Council.

Mr O'Neill, who will pursue business interests in education, has strongly supported a number of key University developments, including the purchase and development of the University's highly successful Commerce and Research precinct at Thebarton.

He has contributed to Australia's higher education system through his roles as Convenor of the Australian Vice-Chancellor's Committee Senior Administrators' Conference, Chair of the National General Staff Award Restructuring Team, and Chair of Unipower Ltd, a software development cooperative.

He is a director of several University-related companies. Professor O'Kane said Mr O'Neill would leave the University's employment in July, but would remain as a senior consultant, strong friend and advocate of the University.

Mr O'Neill paid tribute to University staff, and said he believed the University had an exciting future under Professor O'Kane.

"I'm confident the University will achieve its vision of becoming one of the great international universities, and I'm looking forward to continuing to contribute to that vision in my new role as a consultant." For more information, contact David Washington


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