La Trobe names new College leadership

La Trobe University has named the two new academic and research leaders to head up the University's new College structures.

Professor Graham Schaffer will be the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor for the College of Science, Health and Engineering (SHE). Professor Anthony McGrew will be the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor for the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce (ASSC).

Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said he was delighted to have attracted two such exceptional academics and leaders to join La Trobe.

'It is testament to the profile and prestige of La Trobe that we had such strong interest from high calibre candidates across the world for the two new roles. Both Graham and Anthony were  stand-out applicants and will bring with them a wealth of experience, passion and skill,' he said.

'These are exciting times for La Trobe as we undergo a series of reforms to become an even better modern University. Both these leaders will be instrumental in the delivery of a new academic operating model where our five faculties are being merged into two colleges, along with a fundamental re-casting of teaching, research and administrative functions.

Professor Schaffer will start as PVC, SHE on 1 October, the day the new College is planned to come into existence. 

He said he was excited by the opportunity to contribute to an ambitious university.

'I am attracted to La Trobe by the University's commitment to the local communities it serves and to educating students who can compete globally. I look forward to being part of a College where staff and students succeed, and where together we contribute to a distinctive University that we are all proud of,' Professor Schaffer said.

 Professor McGrew will commence as PVC, ASSC in January 2015. He said it was a privilege to lead the new College and was looking forward greatly to joining the University.

'La Trobe has a distinguished tradition of engaged research and expanding educational opportunity for the communities it serves. Building on this tradition the new College has a critical role in the University's strategy and future development. This presents us with a great opportunity and some challenges' he said.

'I will work closely and tirelessly with colleagues from across the new College and across the University, building upon our considerable academic strengths and potential, to create a College   which enables and delivers upon our collective and institutional ambitions.'

Professor Graham Schaffer, Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Science, Health and Engineering

Professor Graham Schaffer is currently Professor of Materials and Design in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering at The University of Queensland, where he was Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology from 2009 to 2013. Since 1991 Professor Schaffer has held a variety of leadership roles at The University of Queensland, primarily in the School of Engineering and the Faculty of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture. Prior to this he was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Western Australia. Professor Schaffer is an internationally renowned expert in alloy design and the development of new materials. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Engineers Australia and the American Powder Metallurgy Institute.

Professor Anthony McGrew, Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Professor Anthony McGrew is currently Professor of Global Public Policy and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at Strathclyde University Glasgow. Prior to this he was Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. He has held numerous visiting appointments including positions at ANU, Trinity College Dublin and Chuo University, Tokyo, and he is currently a Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. Professor McGrew's research interests focus on the political economy of globalisation, international relations theory and globalisation, global governance and China's role in global institutions. He is currently Chair of the Board of the Confucius Institute for Scotland's Schools and the Strathclyde International Public Policy Institute.

The selection process for other senior College roles, including Associate PVCs and College Academic Coordinators, is underway and should be finalised by the end of July. Appointment of Heads of School and Department will commence once the relevant consultation periods are concluded.

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