Murdoch loses passionate supporter of higher education

July 23, 2015

Don Randall and Julie Bishop at Peel campus opening 2007Murdoch lost a tireless campaigner for higher education and supporter of the University when Federal Liberal MP, Don Randall, member for the Western Australian electorate of Canning tragically passed away on July 21.

Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Andrew Taggart, said Mr Randall had contributed significantly to Murdoch and that his passing was especially sad for the University community.

“Don has always been a big supporter of Murdoch University,” Professor Taggart said.

“We met regularly to discuss Murdoch’s presence in the regions, higher education and in particular our Murdoch Aspirations and Pathways for University Project. He was always committed to championing our visions and helping in any way he could.

“He was particularly interested in our regional campuses and supporting students from lower-socio economic areas to achieve their educational aspirations.”

Mr Randall was in attendance when Murdoch’s Peel campus was opened in 2004 and he was also a great supporter of Murdoch’s investment in Whitby Falls Farm in the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale.

Professor Taggart said the Murdoch University community extended is sympathies to Mr Randall’s family, friends and close colleagues at this sad time.

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