05/12/2019 - 17:01

Terry resigns from Curtin

05/12/2019 - 17:01

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Curtin University has announced the departure of vice-chancellor Deborah Terry, who will take up the role of vice-chancellor at the University of Queensland.

Terry resigns from Curtin
Deborah Terry had previously spent 24 years with the University of Queensland. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Curtin University has announced the departure of vice-chancellor Deborah Terry, who will take up the role of vice-chancellor at the University of Queensland.

Professor Terry joined Curtin in 2014, overseeing during her tenture the opening of the medical school, expansion into the CBD and most recently the opening of a campus in Midland.

She had previously spent 24 years at UQ.

Curtin also improved its position on multiple rankings during her vice-chancellorship, moving up on the 2019 QS University Rankings to 250th place, to 301st place on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and into Center for World University Rankings’ list of top 10 Australian universities.

Professor Terry’s departure comes after University of Western Australia’s vice-chancellor Dawn Freshwater resigned from her position in June to become vice-chancellor of the University of Auckland.

Chancellor Andrew Crane called Professor Terry an outstanding leader, and said her appointment at UQ was recognition of her achievements while at Curtin.

“While we are sorry to be losing someone of her calibre, the university is very well positioned for the future,” he said.

“The council will seek a leader to build on our strong reputation and continue the impressive trajectory of Curtin University.

“We believe the Vice-Chancellorship of Curtin is a very attractive position and will attract an impressive field of candidates from across the globe.”

Professor Terry will leave Curtin in August 2020.

Dr Crane confirmed the university has begun recruiting for a replacement.

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