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Vice-Chancellor reappointed until 2014

Monday, 15 November 2010

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ECU’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, has accepted a new contract offered by the ECU Council, and will remain Vice-Chancellor until September 2014.

ECU’s Chancellor, the Hon Dr Hendy Cowan, said Professor Cox had presided over a period of strong growth at ECU, both in student numbers and in the University’s engagement with the community.

This engagement was most recently reflected in ECU’s receipt of the Ashley Goldsworthy Award at the 2010 Business/Higher Education Roundtable (B-HERT) Awards, for the University’s strong collaborations with business and the broader community.

“In Professor Cox’s four and a half years at the helm, ECU’s student numbers have grown, and the University has improved access to tertiary education for motivated and capable students who may not previously have considered university as an option.” Dr Cowan said.

“His leadership of ECU has led to a growing confidence within our community of the University’s ability to produce quality graduates who are able to make valued contributions to our society.

“This three and a half year extension will provide stability for the University at this critical time for higher education in Australia,” he said.

Professor Cox said he was pleased to continue to lead Edith Cowan University.

“As the global knowledge society gathers momentum, ECU is emerging as a significant contributor to communities that are more inclusive, more prosperous and more sustainable,” he said.

Professor Cox commenced at ECU in March 2006, coming from the University of Ballarat, where he had been Vice-Chancellor for more than five years.

Prior to Ballarat, he held senior academic leadership positions at Flinders University in South Australia. Professor Cox has also been a research scientist at leading institutions in Stockholm, London and Melbourne in his field of microbiology/immunology.

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