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Seven children, university boss: the work-life balance of Michael Spence

Back in 2013, Michael Spence wrote an awkward letter.

A young, artistic Anglican minister had caught his eye, but she was also a PhD student at the university where the widowed father of five was vice-chancellor.

  • Jordan Baker
  • The Sydney Morning Herald

A clandestine relationship would be scandalous. So before he could declare his intentions to Jenny Ihn, Spence found himself declaring them to the…

Keps 1a“We are not at all romantically involved, [but] we do spend quite a lot of time together”, he told the Chancellor and the chair of the academic board in a letter asking whether he could spend time with Ihn alone.

Happily for Spence ande…

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