Jane den Hollander will retire from Deakin University either at or before the conclusion of her second term as vice chancellor, on June 30 next year. Chancellor John Stanhope announced her decision yesterday.
While there is ample time for things to go wrong an early judgement is Professor den Hollander will go in glory, with the university stronger in research and more well regarded for what and how it teaches than when she took over in 2010. She is a woman of convictions – calling on her executive to address unconscious bias on what men and women at the university are paid. And she is a woman of her word – she said Deakin would not close the Warrnambool campus, which Deakin was failing to make work, if no other institution wanted it. None did and Deakin is still there