University breaks silence over senior management exodus

UofA Vice-Chancellor Peter Rathjen

The University of Adelaide has today issued a statement suggesting that the departure of Chancellor Kevin Scarce and the indefinite leave taken by Vice- Chancellor Peter Rathjen has nothing to do with “the financial health of the university or the impact of COVID-19”.

This comes after it was reported by the Australian this morning that the “pair were forced out by the council”, after what was described as a “row” during a special meeting of the University council.

The university has further stated that they are “in a sound financial position … [with] no risk of the university becoming insolvent”.

The university is expected to make a further statement in the coming days.

More to come as this story unfolds.

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