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Curtin appoints next Vice-Chancellor

Cite Magazine
Issue 22 - Summer 2013

Professor Deborah Terry has been appointed as Curtin University’s next Vice-Chancellor, commencing in February.

Professor Deborah Terry
Professor Deborah Terry

The appointment, by the Curtin Council, follows an international search to replace Professor Jeanette Hacket AM, who retired from the position in August 2013 after seven years at the helm and more than 30 years of service at the University.

Terry, originally from Western Australia, hails from the University of Queensland (UQ), where she has had a distinguished career since 1990.

Initially an internationally recognised scholar at the world top 100 university, she had progressed through a number of senior leadership roles since 2000 to Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. She was Acting Vice-Chancellor for a period in 2012.

Terry holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the Australian National University.

She says it is “both an honour and a privilege to have been selected to lead WA’s largest university through the next exciting period of its development”.

“I am very much looking forward to working together with the management team to ensure that Curtin achieves its ambitious vision and is positioned for future success in all domains,” Terry says.

Curtin Chancellor Colin Beckett says Terry’s many years of senior leadership experience at UQ will “place her in an excellent position to strengthen Curtin’s ability as a research-intensive University to lead in innovative education and evolve as an agile, responsive organisation”.