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John Mackay stepping away from his UC roles too

By johnboy - 16 April 2013 2

Following on from yesterday’s bombshell news that John Mackay was giving up his roles act Actew and ActewAGL the University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker has announced the big guy is giving up his Chancellorship:

John Mackay decided earlier this year that he did not intend to seek re-election as Chancellor of the University when his current term expires at the end of 2013.

There will be opportunities before the year draws to a close to thank him and acknowledge his contribution, but I would like to state publicly my thanks for the energy and commitment he has brought to the role in Council, its committees, at Graduation ceremonies and in the community.

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John Mackay stepping away from his UC roles too
HiddenDragon 11:32 am 15 Jun 13

Noting Stephen Parker’s comments, there may be personal reasons, unrelated to the remuneration kerfuffle. Whatever the case, this looks like a classic big(gish) fish small pond story.

dungfungus 9:08 am 15 Jun 13

In today’s Canberra Times Forum, there is revealing story about John Mackay which appears to have been written John Mackay for the benefit of John Mackay.
I have no doubt the man is well meaning and honest but his generosity with other peoples’ money is unbounded. He courageously defends his colleagues and all he has done. It must have taken a lot of guts to resign from his position at Actew when at the end of the day it really didn’t matter.
I am reminded of the fictional character Walter Mitty and a review in a critique of that story which described Mitty as:
“A person, generally quite ordinary or ineffectual, who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs”.
The article conveys that suggestion that he is looking for new challenges while still presiding over boardroom duties of several Canberra institutions.
I hope he is not planning to “trump the Skywhale”.

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