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Prof John Fitzgerald appointed to Trust

Date posted: Monday 3 Sep 2012

Prof John Fitzgerald appointed to Trust
Swinburne University of Technology has announced the appointment of Professor John Fitzgerald as the Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust Chair of Social Investment and Philanthropy, within the University's Asia Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy.

The Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, managed by ANZ Trustees, has a focus on encouraging social investment and philanthropy, and has provided invaluable support to the Asia Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy.

The Centre develops world-class research and education programs that promote capability in harnessing social investment and philanthropy to positively impact upon regional wellbeing.

Swinburne Vice-Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson, said the new Chair was the beginning of an exciting era for the Centre and the university.

"The appointment of Professor Fitzgerald to the position of the Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust Chair of Social Investment and Philanthropy continues to build upon the great partnership between the Trust and the Centre," Professor Kristjanson said.

"I congratulate Professor Fitzgerald on his appointment and look forward to working with him to promote and advance social investment amongst all sectors in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region."

Head of Philanthropy, ANZ Trustees, Teresa Zolnierkiewicz said the creation of the Chair, with a grant from The Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, was a positive development for philanthropy in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

"The trust commenced after the death of Truby Williams in 1941 and focuses on enhancing the skills, reach and capability of charitable organisations and institutions that are important to our social fabric," Ms Zolnierkiewicz said. "There is a marvellous synergy between the objectives of the Asia Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy and the passion that Truby Williams had for travel, his own appreciation and immersion in other cultures and clearly his delight in philanthropy."

Prior to his appointment Professor Fitzgerald headed the Ford Foundation in Beijing, where he developed the overall strategy and direction of the Foundation's work in China.

Before joining the Ford Foundation in 2008, Professor Fitzgerald was Head of the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and Director of the International Center of Excellence in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. He served as a member of the Australia-China Council of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and as Chair of the Research Infrastructure and Equipment Committee of the Australian Research Council. He also served as President of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia.

Professor Fitzgerald has a PhD in Chinese history from ANU and held a Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He studied modern and classical Chinese at Sydney University and Nanjing University.

Professor Fitzgerald said he was looking forward to taking up his new appointment.

"This will be a tremendous opportunity for me as the first chair of Social Investment and Philanthropy at Swinburne," said Professor Fitzgerald. "I also look forward to working with ANZ Trustees, who are sponsoring this role," he said.

Professor Fitzgerald will join Swinburne in January 2013.

 

Contact

Shelley Markham
smarkham@swin.edu.au
Department: Corporate and Government Affairs
Phone: 9214 5968
Mobile Phone: 0415 210 884

 

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