Appointments, achievements

Tania Aspland (Australian Catholic U) is re-elected president of the Australian Council of Deans of Education. Michele Simons (Western Sydney U) is her deputy.

Jason Cowie starts as Curtin U’s CIO in January. He returns to Perth from Florida, where he works with IT advisors Gartner.

Louis-Philippe Demers will join QUT next year as professor of creative innovation and director of the university’s Creative Lab. He joins from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Professor Demers is known for his machine art and interactive robotic works.

Blake Repine is the new COO of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin. He was previously associate VC central highlands at CQU.

Leanne Harrison becomes onshore recruitment manager at University of Canberra she moves from a similar role at UNSW in Canberra.

The New Zealand Tertiary Education Union has a new national president, Victoria University of Wellington philosophy tutor Michael Gilchrist. He replaces Sandra Grey.


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