Owen Glenn portrait unveiled

27 January 2010

A large portrait of New Zealand entrepreneur and benefactor Owen Glenn has been officially unveiled by The University of Auckland Business School.

Painted by renowned Australian artist Jude Rae, the portrait has been commissioned to mark the generosity of Mr Glenn, who donated $7.5 million to support the building of the School’s new facilities in central Auckland.

Unveiled last month in the Owen G Glenn Building’s main foyer, the portrait celebrates and pays tribute to Mr Glenn’s entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen.

Business School Dean Professor Greg Whittred says Mr Glenn’s contribution to New Zealand education is unsurpassed, and includes supporting a number of PhD scholarships and giving time to both MBA and PhD students.

“Owen’s global vision, his love for New Zealand and his passion for education all make him an important role model for students at The University of Auckland Business School. This portrait will be a daily reminder to staff and students of the attributes of a great New Zealander,” Professor Whittred says.

“When Owen Glenn arrived in New Zealand at age 12, no one could have foreseen what lay ahead. His entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen have made him an internationally recognised leader and an inspiration to others.”

The unveiling was attended by staff and supporters of the School.

Artist Jude Rae was born in Sydney in 1956 and moved to Christchurch in 1990 to attain her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury. She was the director of the South Island Arts Project initiative, based in Christchurch, from 1991 to 1993.