Professor Shirley Leitch

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education & Global Engagement)
BA MA(Hons) PhD Auck

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (International & Outreach) provides leadership on international partnerships and international government relations, international students at ANU, national and international student recruitment and admissions, and brand and reputation management.

The portfolio's key roles are to:

  • Develop and execute the University's international strategy.
  • Develop and execute the University's branding and marketing strategies.
  • Oversee the quality of the international student program.
  • Recruit domestic and international students.
  • Oversee the admission of students to the University.
  • Develop and manage international alliances.
  • Develop and manage international government relations.

Professor Shirley Leitch has been Dean of the College of Business and Economics at The Australian National University since 2014. From November 2015, she was also appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Outreach). Previously, she was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, where she co-founded Online Education Services Ltd (OES) in partnership with SEEK Ltd. In 2015, OES was recognised as Australia's fastest growing company in the BRW Fast 100.

Prior to joining Swinburne, her roles include: Dean of Commerce at the University of Wollongong; and Pro Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, where she held a personal chair in corporate communication; and academic positions at the University of Auckland (her alma mater), and Victoria University of Wellington. She has undertaken senior advisory roles for government and industry, including serving as research leader of the Growth Culture project for the New Zealand Government's Growth and Innovation Advisory Board.

Professor Leitch is an A-ranked scholar under the New Zealand PBRF research assessment system. She and her research teams have received more than $5m in national competitive grants, including for an Australian Research Council project on the Mineral Resources Rent Tax, and a NZ Foundation for Research Science Technology project Building our Productivity: Understanding sustainable collective productivity in NZ firms. Her research is focused on public discourse and change, including science-society engagement and communication, particularly in relation to science and technology.