Curtin University vice-chancellor Jeanette Hacket has announced her intention to retire in August, after working at the university for 30 years.
Professor Hacket, who was appointed vice-chancellor in 2006, will retire in August and take long service leave until her term expires in February 2014.
Professor Hacket said she believes the university has challenging but very exciting days ahead.
“With so many projects being progressed, from the commencement of our law school this semester, the progress we are making toward establishing a medical school, to the high-impact research being undertaken, the coming years will be an outstanding time in Curtin’s history,” she said.
“It is time for me to devote more time to family and other opportunities.”
Curtin chancellor Colin Beckett said Professor Hacket’s career had been characterised by her integrity, initiative and vision.
“Under her leadership, Curtin has seen an increase in student numbers, research has intensified, multi-million dollar capital works programs have been completed and the University’s national and international reputation has grown remarkably.
An international search for a successor will commence shortly, with the intention to have a new vice-chancellor in place for semester 1, 2014.
Professor Colin Stirling, who currently holds the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, will take up the position of Acting Vice-Chancellor from August.
Professor Stirling joined Curtin in 2011 from the University of Manchester. He most recently led the development of Curtin’s new strategic plan.