New TEQSA head: ambassador, corruption fighter, John Howard staffer

The appointment was announced just in time for News Radio’s  Saturday afternoon bulletin

Alistair Maclean is the new CEO of the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency. Education Minister Dan Tehan’s office released news of the appointment, lunchtime Saturday.

But in a not especially speedy start, it took TEQSA to 3pm to tweet its welcome to the new boss.

Mr Maclean is a former CEO of Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission and ambassador to Laos. He has degrees in political science (Uni Melbourne) and international law (ANU).  Mr Maclean was also an advisor to John Howard in his last months as prime minister. As to any special interest in HE, TEQSA’s announcement that the new boss starts Tuesday, was silent.

The government has also expanded the agency’s advisory board by three – Steve Chapman (Edith Cowan U VC), Kadi Taylor (strategic engagement and government relations at Navitas) and David Perry (VP Academic at Alphacrucis College, “a multidisciplinary Christian college”).