University Executive

The University Executive, led by the Vice-Chancellor, is Deakin’s primary management decision-making body. It develops and implements strategies, policies and procedures to support the university’s strategic goals and operational requirements.

The role of the Executive

The University Executive meets fortnightly to:

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

Members of the University Executive


Professor Iain Martin is President and Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University and Chief Executive of the University.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research

Alfred Deakin Professor Julie Owens provides strategic leadership for Deakin's research agenda. She holds overall responsibility for the University's research services and for the Institute for Frontier Materials, the Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation and the Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education

Professor Liz Johnson provides strategic leadership for Deakin's ambitious curriculum reform and management of the student learning experience.

Executive Dean Faculty of Arts and Education

Professor Vanessa Lemm leads the Faculty of Arts and Education, which includes the School of Communication and Creative Arts, School of Education, School of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation and the National Indigenous Knowledges Education Research Innovation Institute

Executive Dean Faculty of Business and Law

Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Ewing leads the Faculty of Business and Law, which includes the Deakin Business School and Deakin Law School.

Executive Dean Faculty of Health

Professor Rachel Huxley leads the Faculty of Health, which includes the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, School of Health and Social Development, School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Psychology.

Executive Dean Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Professor Karen Hapgood leads the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, which includes the School of Architecture and Built Environment, School of Engineering, School of Information Technology and School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Chief Operating Officer

Kean Selway has strategic and leadership responsibility for the services, resources, facilities and infrastructure Deakin provides for its students, staff, partners and the communities it serves.

Chief Financial Officer

Kerrie Parker has responsibility for effective management of finance, investments and enterprise projects at Deakin University.