Dr Andrew Crane, former CEO of the CBH Group, has been appointed Chancellor of Curtin University, commencing on 1 January 2019.
With a distinguished career in agribusiness over more than thirty years, Dr Crane is one of Western Australia’s most influential business leaders.
Dr Crane will succeed Mr Colin Beckett whose two terms, totalling six years, as Chancellor conclude at the end of 2018.
Mr Beckett said Dr Crane was unanimously elected by the Curtin Council this week.
“Dr Crane is currently serving his second term on the Curtin Council and he was previously a member of the Curtin Business School Advisory Council from 2009 – 2015, so his knowledge of Curtin and the higher education sector is significant,” Mr Beckett said.
“I congratulate Dr Crane and have no doubt that he will be an outstanding Chancellor for Curtin as it continues its trajectory to being an international leader in education and research.”
Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said she was delighted with the appointment and looked forward to working more closely with Dr Crane.
“In addition to his considerable knowledge of Curtin, Dr Crane’s vast national and international business experience will be of enormous benefit to the University,” Professor Terry said.
Dr Crane said he was honoured to be appointed as Chancellor of Curtin University.
“Over my nine-year involvement with Curtin, I have seen tremendous growth in the University’s standing locally, nationally and internationally and I am delighted to have been appointed to lead the Curtin Council as the University continues to increase its global reputation,” Dr Crane said.
Professor Terry also thanked outgoing Chancellor Mr Colin Beckett for his service to the University.
“Mr Beckett has made a significant contribution to Curtin over the last six years as Chancellor. His leadership of Council has been outstanding and he has overseen many projects including the establishment of our Law and Medical Schools, the University’s expansion into Dubai and Mauritius, and our plans for the development of Greater Curtin,” Professor Terry said.
“We will continue to see the impact of his leadership for many years to come.”