New deans for CECS and CBE

26 June 2014

The University has made two senior academic staff appointments this week.

Professor Shirley Leitch has been appointed a new Dean of the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE), and Professor Elanor Huntington has been appointed new Dean of the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Sciences (CECS).

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Young AO, says Professor Leitch and Professor Huntington would bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their positions.

“I look forward to working with both Professor Leitch and Professor Huntington in their new positions,” Professor Young says.

“They are both highly-regarded academics who bring impeccable qualifications and leadership skills to their new roles at ANU. They will make a positive contribution to their colleges and the wider ANU community.”

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, and was a founding chair of Online Education Services Ltd, a successful joint venture with ASX listed company, SEEK Ltd, which provided online education services.

“I’m delighted to be taking this new challenge at such an interesting time in higher education,” Professor Leitch said.

”I’m looking forward to leading a highly talented team of economics and business academics within the College,” Professor Leitch says.

Professor Huntington, a quantum optics specialist and ANU alumna, has most recently been the Head of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at UNSW Canberra, located at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

She completed her PhD in experimental quantum optics at ANU in 2000.

“I’m delighted to be joining ANU as Dean. It’s an exciting time to be joining the team,” says Professor Huntington. “It’s a dynamic and thriving college.”

Professor Huntington has worked as a researcher at Australian Defence Force Academy and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation.

She believes there is strong value in the combination of engineering and computer science.

“The two can work together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of their parts,” Professor Huntington says.