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Newsroom Releases 2014 April New DVC for Cairns campus

04/04/2014
New DVC for Cairns campus
James Cook University is pleased to announce the appointment of five Deputy Vice Chancellors as it continues its historic organisational restructure.

New DVC for Cairns campus

James Cook University is pleased to announce the appointment of five Deputy Vice Chancellors as it continues its historic organisational restructure.

Professor Robyn McGuiggan has been appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Global Strategy and Engagement division, based in Cairns.

Robyn is currently Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Law, Business and the Creative Arts and has played a significant role particularly in the growth and development of business and information technology programs at JCU.

JCU Vice Chancellor Sandra Harding said it’s an exciting announcement.

“Robyn McGuiggan’s appointment to this strategically-focused division will boost the University’s engagement in Cairns, across north Queensland and overseas,” Professor Harding said.

Professor Harding will continue to split her time in the north, between the two campuses.

“Robyn McGuiggan will perform a key role in engagement domestically, while looking after the University’s global business.

“As a Cairns-based senior executive, Robyn will play an important role assisting with both engagement in Cairns and across the north Queensland community, as well as providing oversight of the Cairns campus,” Professor Harding said.

JCU is also proud to announce that Professor Ian Wronski has been appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor of the newly formed division of Tropical Health and Medicine.

Ian is currently Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences and has played a very significant role in the growth and development of medicine and health-related disciplines and programs at JCU.

Professor Jeffrey Loughran has been selected as Deputy Vice Chancellor of the new Tropical Environments and Societies Division.

Jeff is currently Pro Vice Chancellor of Science and Engineering, the University’s traditional research powerhouse.

Executive Director, Finance and Resource Planning, Tricia Brand is DVC of the Services and Resources Division.

Tricia has played a major role overseeing JCU’s finance and resource planning over many years. Her new role adds to her suite of corporate responsibilities.

Professor Sally Kift, a national and international expert in teaching and learning, continues as DVC (Academic), with her responsibilities broadened to include student matters in the Academic and Student Life division.

Professor Harding has congratulated the senior executives.

“This is a very significant time for the University. We are driving for greatness and these appointments are key to achieving the University’s ambitions,” she said.

“Every one of the executive team will play a vital role and I have every confidence that the University will go from strength to strength”.

In February, the University Council approved the restructure of JCU, with the existing faculties and schools to be replaced by seven colleges.

Three of the colleges are located within the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, and another four within the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies.

Professor Harding said the restructure will increase collaboration between different academic areas and position JCU for the next stage of growth as the University for, and of, the tropics.

“It will give greater prominence to programs in high demand including environmental science, tropical medicine, healthcare science, information technology and life sciences,” she said.

The restructure has also involved significant reorganisation of the professional support divisions, including the establishment of the new Global Strategy and Engagement Division.

The financial, estate and resource operations have also been reorganised, along with the establishment of the new division focussed on learning and student life.

Further announcements will be made in the coming weeks in regard to the appointment of the Deans and Directors.

ENDS

JCU Media contact: Richard Davis

Head of Media and Communications

0413 451 475

(07) 4781 4822

Issued: Friday April 4, 2014