The University of New England Chancellor, the Honourable John Watkins, today announced that the University Council has appointed Professor Annabelle Duncan, currently the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, as its interim Vice-Chancellor. Professor Duncan will fill the role until the conclusion of the international search process and the appointment of the University’s next Vice-Chancellor, expected later this year. The outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jim Barber will move into a strategic advisor role supporting Professor Duncan during this period. The Chancellor, The Honourable John Watkins, said that the recruitment process for the next Vice-Chancellor would commence immediately.
The appointment of Professor Annabelle Duncan will commence on March 23, 2014 and will be for an interim period. Professor Duncan joined the University in September 2010 and has served as a loyal and capable Deputy Vice-Chancellor since that time. Professor Duncan has wide experience in the sector and held previous roles at La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne and the CSIRO. Professor Duncan is highly regarded for her professionalism and management skills, and in particular for strengthening research at the University.
“Professor Duncan is widely respected and has a very safe pair of hands to guide the University through this interim period. We expect this to cover the next few months whilewe undergo a global search,” Chancellor Watkins said.
Professor Duncan said that she is delighted to have been asked by the Council to take up the role of interim Vice-Chancellor until the new Vice-Chancellor is appointed.
“I’m strongly committed to UNE and am very keen to continue to serve it in any way I can.To be appointed as interim Vice-Chancellor is a rare privilege. I also look forward to the recruitment process for the new Vice-Chancellor and I am very happy to the serve the University community in this interim capacity until that occurs.”