Key executives announced in online venture
Date posted: Monday 23 May 2011
Swinburne University of Technology and SEEK Limited’s new joint venture, Online Education Services Pty Ltd, has appointed its Chief Executive and Academic Dean.
Ms Denice Pitt and Professor Kay Lipson have been appointed Chief Executive and Academic Dean respectively.
Online Education Services chair, Swinburne’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Shirley Leitch said the board was delighted with the appointments.
“Both women are accomplished, innovative leaders who bring exemplary experience and expertise to this joint venture,” Professor Leitch said.
“Ms Pitt’s outstanding leadership credentials and strong customer service focus are the perfect fit for our student-focused approach.
“Professor Lipson's commitment to innovation, combined with her expertise in leading the development of high-quality online education programs, will be a great asset.”
SEEK CEO Andrew Bassat shared Professor Leitch’s sentiment. “SEEK is delighted these two key roles have been filled by candidates of such outstanding calibre and we welcome them to our extended team,” Mr Bassat said.
Denice Pitt has been the CEO of Aegis Australia for the past two years, since the company she was leading, UCMS, was acquired by Aegis. Ms Pitt has spent more than 12 years at Aegis/UCMS building it into a market leader in business process outsourcing in Australia.
“I am delighted to join this new venture and very excited by the opportunity to lead a team that is passionate about delivering online education options to individuals who want to enhance or change their careers,” Ms Pitt said.
Under Professor Lipson's leadership, Swinburne’s Faculty of Higher Education, Lilydale (FHEL) has developed significant online capability to become one of the largest providers to Open Universities Australia (OUA). Last year, FHEL staff won a prestigious Australian Award for University Teaching from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) in recognition of their innovative and high-quality online programs.
“I am passionate about education and this role is a wonderful opportunity to leverage the joint potential of Swinburne and SEEK to deliver a model of online education that really meets the needs of students,” Professor Lipson said.
Online Education Services is a 50:50 Swinburne and SEEK partnership that will deliver premium online tertiary courses specifically designed to meet the educational needs of working Australians.
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