Professor John Dewar

Professor John Dewar
  • Role: Vice-Chancellor and President
  • Organisation: La Trobe University

Professor Dewar is the Vice-Chancellor and President of La Trobe University. He is responsible for setting the strategic agenda and direction for the University and managing a myriad of external relationships.

Professor Dewar came to Australia sixteen years ago from Oxford and held senior positions at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne, where he was Provost, before taking up the position of Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe in January 2012. 

Professor Dewar is an internationally-known family law specialist and researcher. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he was a Fellow of Hertford College. He has taught at the Universities of Lancaster and Warwick in the UK, and worked for the London law firms Allen & Overy and Farrer & Co.

Professor Dewar is currently Chair of the IRU Group of Universities for 2014-5; Chair of the Victorian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee for 2014-5; a member of the AHEIA Executive Committee; a Director of Education Australia Pty Ltd; a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Ethical Leadership at the Melbourne Business School; and a member of the International Editorial Board, 21st Century Society. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Melbourne Law School and an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford.

Why do you support the Centre for Ethical Leadership?

I support CEL because I think it is vital for leaders to be encouraged to reflect on the ethical dimensions of leadership, and to be given space and time to do so. It’s an aspect of leadership that can easily be lost sight of amongst the daily pressures of leading and managing organisations