60 Seconds with Dr Stephen Weller, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice‐Chancellor (Administration) at Australian Catholic University

Weller_BODYDr Stephen Weller, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) at Australian Catholic University

How would I spend my ideal day?

In Broome WA with my wife Kerry, daughter Alice (12) and son Charlie (10). We would start with a morning swim at Cable Beach, have lunch in town, and then have dinner on the veranda at Matso’s Brewery.

In life I have learned...

If you demonstrate integrity, pursue fairness and foster empowerment then you can overcome every challenge and maximise every opportunity.

Something that inspires me...

The power of education to transform lives. Whether it is from early childhood through to doctoral research. I am a ‘first in family’ university graduate and am inspired by knowledge in all its forms.

What would surprise most people about my job?

Perhaps the fact that I have yet to actually start at ACU! I take up my role on 2 April and whilst I will be based at North Sydney look forward to spending time regularly across all our six campuses.

What has been the most significant development in my field since starting my career?

The advent and continued exponential growth of technology. In my first job at a university I remember going to the mail room twice a day to collect the mail and then typing replies to memos on a typewriter. Now I do most of my work on an iPad and am inseparable from my iPhone whilst engaging regularly throughout a day across social media through LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

If I could invite any five people to dinner, who would they be and why?

I have taken the question literally and my interest in Australian history and politics will become apparent. My party of five would include myself and my wife Kerry and if I could I would invite three past Australian Prime Ministers to join us. John Curtin (1941-45), Ben Chifley (1945-49) and Bob Menzies (1949-66). They led Australia through war and peace and each laid key foundations of what makes up modern Australian society. The three regarded each other as friends and would I am sure provide a fascinating and lively dinner discussion.

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