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Swinburne announces new Vice-Chancellor

Date posted: Thursday 3 Mar 2011

Swinburne announces new Vice-Chancellor

Swinburne University of Technology has appointed its third Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Linda Kristjanson.


Currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Development at Curtin University, Professor Kristjanson’s successful international career includes a distinguished research track record and significant strategic leadership roles.


Announcing the appointment, Chancellor Mr Bill Scales AO said Professor Kristjanson will be a great asset to Swinburne and to the Higher Education sector more broadly.


“The University Council believes that Professor Kristjanson is the person best placed to take Swinburne into the next exciting stage of the university’s development,” he said.


“She is an outstanding scholar with a strong understanding of the sector, extensive management experience and a strong presence and history in community and industry engagement.


“As Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Curtin, she has shown her ability to lift research outputs in a university of technology with a similar role and history to Swinburne's.”


During the course of her career, Professor Kristjanson has received more than $30 million in competitive research grants and published more than 200 refereed journal articles and chapters.


She has served on many boards and committees and from 2001 to 2006 was The Cancer Council of Western Australia’s Chair of Palliative Care. She was on the NHMRC Council from 2003 to 2006 and in 2002 she was named the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year for her entrepreneurial work in health and science.


Professor Kristjanson said she was delighted to be able to take up the reins from former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Young, who earlier this week took up his appointment as Vice-Chancellor at ANU.


“What particularly appeals to me about Swinburne is the absolute focus on the quality of its education and research, along with the belief that quality should not be confused with elitism,” she said. 


“This accords strongly with my own personal values and beliefs and I will be enormously proud to lead an education institution that has this aim.” 


Professor Kristjanson will take up the position as Vice-Chancellor and President on Monday 16 May 2011.  




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