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Curtin University to seek a new leader

Media release

Curtin University will be recruiting a new leader as Professor Deborah Terry will be moving to take up the Vice-Chancellor role at the University of Queensland.

Professor Deborah Terry.

The University of Queensland is one of the top two Australian institutions in the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Curtin Chancellor Dr Andrew Crane congratulated Professor Terry on the appointment that recognises her significant achievements at Curtin, and said the University would immediately begin a recruitment process to identify a new Vice-Chancellor.

“Professor Terry has been an outstanding leader of Curtin over the past six years, and we wish her every success in this next stage of her career,” he said.

“While we are sorry to be losing someone of her calibre, the University is very well positioned for the future.

“The Council will seek a leader to build on our strong reputation and continue the impressive trajectory of Curtin University.”

Dr Crane said the University was known for its innovative and industry connected focus, and was at the forefront of many high-profile research projects in astronomy, biosciences, economics, mining and information technology.

It is recognised globally for its strong connections with industry, and for its commitment to preparing students for the jobs of the future.

The University is now ranked in the top one per cent of universities internationally and continues to be the destination of choice for school leavers in WA. In recent years, it has opened a medical school and created a major presence in the Perth CBD, including the Curtin Law School and new engagement and teaching venues on St Georges Terrace. It is also progressing the Exchange development, which will turn the Perth Campus into a lively urban precinct and innovation hub.

Curtin today is a global university, having formalised and expanded its overseas campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Mauritius and deepened its relationships with significant international universities, including the Universities of Aberdeen and Calgary.

“Curtin is recognised locally, nationally and internationally as a university that is making a positive difference in teaching and research and is contributing to its communities,” Dr Crane said.

“We believe the Vice-Chancellorship of Curtin is a very attractive position and will attract an impressive field of candidates from across the globe.”

Professor Terry will leave Curtin in August 2020.