New Dean for ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

12 September 2016

He has built an impressive track record as an entrepreneurial leader.

ANU has appointed Professor Michael Wesley as the new Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

Professor Wesley, one of Australia's most respected academics in strategic policy and international affairs, is currently Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU.

He will replace Professor Veronica Taylor, who will return to the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet).

"Professor Wesley's career has spanned academia and government," said ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC.

"He has built an impressive track record as an entrepreneurial leader and is superbly placed to lead the College into the next period of its history as one of the great centres of Asia-Pacific studies in the world."

Professor Schmidt also paid tribute to Professor Taylor, who has led the College of Asia and the Pacific for the past two years.

"I would like to express my deep gratitude to Professor Veronica Taylor for her outstanding service to the University and the College as Dean, a role she stepped up to at a critical time for the College, at the cost of her own research agenda," Professor Schmidt said.

"Professor Taylor has led the College through a challenging time with great distinction and integrity, and performed the role with extraordinary commitment and vigour.

"Her strategic leadership has put the College on a sustainable footing and has positioned CAP to further build on its already world-leading expertise of our region.

"Professor Taylor and I have worked very closely over the past nine months, and I will miss the insightful collegiality that she has brought to the Senior Management Group of the University.

"We have been fortunate to have had a Dean who is a world-renowned scholar in the rule of law, and I am delighted that Professor Taylor will return to RegNet to continue and to expand her world-class research."

Professor Wesley will take over as Dean from Monday 3 October.