Organisational structure

The Deakin University Act 2009 (Vic) (PDF, 201.3KB) governs the University under Victorian law. Learn about our organisational structure including faculties and administrative units.

Key personnel

Deakin University Council

Presided over by the Chancellor, the University Council is the overarching authority responsible for governing Deakin. The Council meets regularly to perform duties such as monitoring Deakin's performance and approving decisions made by the Vice-Chancellor and University Management.

Read more about the Deakin University Council

Vice-Chancellor

Professor Jane den Hollander

The Vice-Chancellor provides day-to-day leadership and strategic direction to help the University achieve its targets. The Vice-Chancellor is also the leader of the University Executive, who make important decisions across Deakin's many sectors.

Chair of Academic Board

Professor Chris Hickey

The Academic Board is the principal academic authority responsible for maintaining the highest standards in teaching and research.

Director Internal Audit

Chief Digital Officer

William Confalonieri 

  • Cyber security
  • Digital strategy
  • Technology services

Chief Advancement Officer

Ron Fairchild 

  • Alumni relations
  • Community relations
  • Donor relations
  • Media and corporate communications

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement

Professor Gary Smith

  • Deakin International
  • Graduate employment
  • Marketing
  • Recruitment

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research

Professor Peter Hodgson 

  • Deakin Research
  • Institute for Frontier Materials
  • Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation
  • Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education

Professor Beverley Oliver 

  • Academic governance
  • Academic information services
  • Learning and teaching services

Chief Operating Officer

Kean Selway 

  • Campus services
  • Human resources
  • Infrastructure services
  • Student services

Chief Financial Officer

Kerrie Parker

  • Financial management
  • Commercial management

Executive Dean Faculty of Arts and Education

Professor Brenda Cherednichenko 

School of:

  • Communications and Creative Arts
  • Education
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Institute of:

  • Institute of Koorie Education
  • Alfred Deakin Institute of Citizenship and Globalisation

Executive Dean Faculty of Business and Law

Professor Michael Ewing

  • Deakin Business School
  • Deakin Law School

Executive Dean Faculty of Health

Professor Brendan Crotty

School of:

  • Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
  • Health and Social Development
  • Medicine
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Psychology

Executive Dean Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Professor Trevor Day

School of:

  • Architecture and Built Environment
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Life and Environmental Sciences