After six years as Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University, Professor Deborah Terry, will return to The University of Queensland (UQ) as Vice-Chancellor and President, commencing on August 1, 2020. Much of the criteria for choosing UQ’s new Vice-Chancellor was informed by consultation with staff, students, alumni and partners in 2019.

UQ Chancellor Mr Peter Varghese said Senate’s decision to appoint Professor Terry was unanimous.“Like many industries, the university sector is going through significant change, combined with much economic and political uncertainty. Professor Terry’s deep knowledge of the sector, her focus on people and culture and her track record in building partnerships, with government and enterprise at home and abroad, are the skills needed to build on the great achievements of Professor Peter Høj,” Varghese said.

Professor Terry started her career at UQ in the School of Psychology in 1990, and when she left more than two decades later, was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. During Professor Terry’s time at Curtin, the university’s global reputation and rankings have significantly improved in Western Australia.

“Under Professor Terry’s leadership, the [Curtin] university continues to grow in scale and reach regionally and globally. It has opened a new medical school, a law centre and commenced work on a new innovation precinct. Closer to the time we will have an opportunity to acknowledge Professor Høj’s outstanding leadership and achievements during his time at UQ,” Varghese adds.

Professor Peter Høj has agreed to stay on as Vice-Chancellor and President until Professor Terry joins UQ in August 2019.

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