Western Sydney University announces new senior appointments

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Western Sydney University is pleased to announce three new senior appointments in the areas of Academic Development, Health Futures and Transnational Education.

  • Professor Deborah Hatcher, Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery has been appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic Development. This role will be responsible for cultivating an environment of academic excellence across all disciplines. Professor Hatcher will provide academic leadership in the development and implementation of a framework and process for academic progression.
  • Professor Rod McClure, Dean of the School of Medicine has been appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor Health Futures. This role supports collaboration across the University to optimise engagement in the rapidly changing context of health and healthcare. Professor McClure will support Schools in the integration of learning, research and service activities with communities, healthcare providers and industries both locally and globally.
  • Professor Michele Simons, Dean School of Education has been appointed Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Transnational Education. This role supports the University's transnational education (TNE) strategy, positioning Western as 'one university with a global footprint'. Professor Simons will support academic engagement with offshore campuses and the development of relationships and processes to embed TNE across the University.

Provost  Professor Kevin Dunn said the new roles will be held concurrently by Professors Hatcher, McClure and Simons with their ongoing roles as Deans of their respective Schools.

“On behalf of the University community I congratulate Professors Hatcher, McClure and Simons on their appointments,” said Professor Dunn.

“I know Deborah, Rod and Michele will make important strategic contributions to the University’s growth and development as we strengthen our commitment to academic excellence across our programs, further our engagement with our healthcare communities and industries, and support our ambitious transnational education program.”


2 April 2024

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