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Pam Russell
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For Immediate Release
April 3, 2014

CASE Asia-Pacific Presents Leadership Award to Vice Chancellor, Principal of the University of Melbourne

HONG KONG—Glyn Davis, vice chancellor and principal of the University of Melbourne, is the recipient of the CASE Asia-Pacific Leadership award. CASE presented the award to Davis on April 3 at the CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference 2014.

The award recognizes a campus head for outstanding leadership in supporting and promoting education and institutional advancement.

During his tenure at the University of Melbourne, Davis has introduced initiatives to strengthen the institution's curriculum, research and advancement programs.

In 2008, he introduced the Melbourne Curriculum, which emphasizes the liberal arts at the undergraduate level. This fundamental change provided Australia with its first university focused on offering a liberal arts model at the undergraduate level—one that enables young undergraduates to have a broad and explorative approach to their studies.

Davis has also strengthened the university's research program by forging partnerships with industry and building new campus infrastructure. In addition, he has played a key role in boosting donor cultivation and alumni engagement at the institution.

For example, the advancement office now has a database with up-to-date information for more than 225,000 alumni (76 percent of the university's entire alumni base) and has added 15,000 supporters to its donor rolls since 2008.

This growth has well-positioned the university for its first major fundraising initiative: "Believe: The Campaign for the University of Melbourne," which aims to raise $500 million by 2017.

A strong financial supporter of a broad range of institution programs, his involvement in the campaign has been critical to engaging major donors, including a couple who gave $10 million, Melbourne's largest gift.

"Many other Australian universities are now reviewing curriculum and building advancement functions," says Sue Cunningham, vice principal of advancement at Melbourne.

"Glyn's role in confirming the importance of embracing this cultural shift should not be underestimated."

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