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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Saunders off to Bond University as DVC

"NICHOLAS Saunders has been appointed deputy vice-chancellor at Bond University.
Professor Saunders retired as vice-chancellor of the University of Newscastle at the end of 2011 after eight years in the role."
"Professor Saunders will commence at Bond on October 8."
What can we say to Bond University?

Read the posts and comments relating to Saunders from this website here.
Bond University, our gain is your loss!
Be alert AND be very alarmed! 


  1. Bond staff should be alerted to this bolgsite.

  2. Oh, he can give his best mate at the UoN a job at Bond as DVC (global relations).

    They can do a repeat of their UoN "performance".

  3. Staff at enabling programs, the language centre, etc. at Bond should watch out.

    Yours jobs are on the line and you'll soon live on the streets.

    Saunders presided over the "sale of the century" at Newcastle with his deputy and that's how they made their millions. The worst thing is they don't care whom they do business with.

    It's all about money, not education. Damn it!

  4. There's a lot of drama to watch at Bond whose former VC Prof. Raoul Mortley came to Newcastle for a stint as VC in the mid 1990s. Mortley's been the ONLY senior administrator at Newcastle who had the guts to take on the local tzars and bullies. As soon as he came to the job, heads began to roll and several "professors" drawing massive salaries as senior administrators got sent back to their old departments, the Forum was built for international students amid strong opposition from the conservative quarters of the uni. Mortley personally lobbied the government to have the train line extended to Warabrook and the station was opened to the loud cheers of students, etc. etc.

    I remember his inaugural address - it was the last inaugural address in the fine tradition of academia this uni saw. He was most impressive as a classical scholar. He gave the uni and the town a lot of hope for renewal.

    Unfortunately, scholar-administrators like dear Prof. Mortley have long died out. Having done two PhDs (at both Sydney and Strasborg), he actually spoke French like a native speaker and could see through the "emperors in their new clothes" and dealt with them accordingly. But didn't they give him a hard time in the only way the UoN knew!? His departure was the greatest loss to the uni.

    Unlike many power-hungry senior administrators who move from power and money to greater power and money, Prof. Mortley went back to academia, becoming the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bond in 2002 and has been writing books on classical philosophy, the self and its limits in his vintage classic style. He is truly a Renaissance Man who saw the shallowness, the corrupting influence of power and success (and money) without acclaim that characterises our time.

    I'd love to be a fly on the wall for a "scholarly exchange" between the newly appointed VC Saunders (the man famed for his money-making ventures) and Mortley, his Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bond (and predecessor at Newcastle). The contrast between the two men is too great for comparison.

    Maybe they could start with a discussion about the simple topic of "what is a university". I know one of them would be intellectually challenged.


  5. What has the world come to?

    They can even recycle a notorious retired bully. What next?