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University Executive

The Executive is the University's primary management decision-making body and is led by the Vice-Chancellor.


Professor Jane den Hollander

Vice-Chancellor: Professor Jane den Hollander

Professor Jane den Hollander is Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University and Chief Executive of the University.

Professor Peter Hodgson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research: Professor Peter Hodgson

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research has overall responsibility for research, research training and commercialisation.

Professor Beverley Oliver

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education: Professor Beverley Oliver

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education leads Deakin's ambitious education strategy and management of the student learning experience.

Gary Smith

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement: Professor Gary Smith

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement provides strategic leadership at Deakin for the development, nurturing and monitoring of domestic and international academic and research partnerships; the branding, marketing and positioning of the University globally; and the recruitment of domestic and international students.

Ron Fairchild

Chief Advancement Officer: Mr Ron Fairchild

The Chief Advancement Officer is responsible for a broad range of activities related to building effective and deep community engagement with Deakin's alumni, business and industry partners and the wider communities of each campus. The portfolio of the Chief Advancement Officer comprises donor relations, alumni relations, media relations, art collection and galleries and corporate communications, community relations and commercial and corporate events management.

Kean J Selway

Chief Operating Officer: Mr Kean Selway

The Chief Operating Officer has strategic and leadership responsibility for the services, resources and facilities Deakin provides for its students, staff and communities it serves. The portfolio includes: Division of Student Administration; Division of Student Life; Equity and Diversity; Human Resources Division; Campus Services; and Facilities Services.

Ms Kerrie Parker

Chief Financial Officer: Ms Kerrie Parker

The Chief Financial Officer has responsibility for effective management of finance, investments and enterprise projects at Deakin University.

Mr William Confalonieri

Chief Digital Officer: Mr William Confalonieri 

The Chief Digital Officer (CDO) leads the development and implementation of the University's Digital Strategy and is responsible for the University's Information Management Strategy, for the provision of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services, and the full range of digital disciplines.

Professor Brenda Cherednichenko

Executive Dean Faculty of Arts and Education: Professor Brenda Cherednichenko

The Faculty is comprised of the Schools of: Communication and Creative Arts; Education and Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Mike Ewing

Executive Dean Faculty of Business and Law: Professor Mike Ewing

The Faculty is comprised of two Schools: Deakin Law School and Deakin Business School. The Business School constitutes six academic departments: Accounting, Economics, Finance; Information Systems and Business Analytics; Management and Marketing.

Professor Brendan Crotty

Executive Dean Faculty of Health: Professor Brendan Crotty

The Faculty is comprised of the Schools of: Exercise and Nutrition Sciences; Health and Social Development; Medicine; Nursing and Midwifery; and Psychology.

Professor Trevor Day

Executive Dean Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment: Professor Trevor Day

The Faculty is comprised of the Schools of: Architecture and Built Environment; Engineering; Information Technology; and Life and Environmental Sciences.

Terms of Reference

The University Executive is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and comprises the Deputy Vice-Chancellors, the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Integrity), the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellors and the Vice-Presidents (including the Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Digital Officer). The Chair of the Academic Board attends (with rights of audience and debate).

The University Executive meets fortnightly.

Terms of Reference

  1. To develop and oversee the implementation of the University's Strategic Plan for approval by Council.
  2. To determine the University's strategic response to changes in the environment within the higher education sector and beyond.
  3. To make planning and resourcing decisions aligned to the University's strategic priorities and government policy.
  4. To oversee the University's performance.
  5. To seek input from the Senior Management Group on relevant planning and resourcing decisions.
  6. To provide advice to the Vice-Chancellor on any other matter.
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