The Australian National University has appointed Professor Shirley Leitch as Dean of the ANU College of Business and Economics.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Young AO, congratulated Professor Leitch on her appointment and said she brought a great wealth of knowledge and experience to the position.
“I’m delighted that Professor Leitch has accepted the position of Dean of CBE. She is an academic with impeccable qualifications and leadership skills, and she will make a positive contribution to the College and the wider ANU community,” Professor Young said.
“I congratulate Professor Leitch and look forward to working with her in her new role.”
Professor Leitch has a strong record in research and has more than 100 peer-reviewed papers to her name. Her research has focused on communication, public discourse and change, including public engagement in relation to controversial science and technology.
“I am pleased to be taking on this exciting leadership role at such an interesting time in higher education,” Professor Leitch said.
”We have a world-class team of economists and business academics within the College and an exceptional group of students. Leading innovation that builds on our strengths in research and education, will be my focus.”
Originally from New Zealand, with a doctorate from the University of Auckland, Professor Leitch has previously been Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic of Swinburne University, Dean of Commerce at the University of Wollongong, and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Public Affairs at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.
She has also advised governments and business on public engagement, and has served on a number of boards, including as founding chairman of Online Education Services Ltd, a successful joint venture with ASX-listed company, SEEK Ltd, which provides online education services.
Professor Leitch has also been named by the UK Guardian as one of the top 10 social media influencers in Australian higher education.