La Trobe University's Academic Board consists of 95 members and is governed by the La Trobe University Act, Academic Board Statute and Academic Board Regulations.

Every attempt is made to ensure that the Board has an equal number of male and female members and both regional and metropolitan areas are properly represented. The Board also includes five student members who represent postgraduates and undergraduates from both regional and metropolitan campuses.

Members of the professoriate who are not otherwise members of Academic Board are entitled to attend meetings in a non-voting capacity.

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The Chair of Academic Board is Professor Christine Bigby, who commenced her two-year term of office on 29 February 2016. Professor Bigby is a Professor of Social Work and Director of the Living with a Disability Research Centre in the College of Science, Health and Engineering.

Professor Bigby, as Chair of Academic Board, is an ex officio member of Council and the following University Committees:

  • Infrastructure and Estates Planning Committee
  • Finance and Resources Committee
  • Senior Executive Group

Deputy Chair

The Deputy Chair of Academic Board is Professor Paula Baron, who commenced her two-year term of office on 29 February 2016. Professor Baron is a Professor of the Common Law and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Coursework) in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce.

Professor Baron, as Deputy Chair of Academic Board, chairs the Academic Quality Committee, a policy committee of the Board.