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Mr Kean Selway



Chief Operating Officer


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Geelong Waterfront Campus

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Kean Selway has been the Chief Operating Officer for Deakin University since 2010 and a member of the University's Executive since 2002.

Kean has strategic and leadership responsibility for the services, resources and facilities Deakin provides for its students, staff and communities it serves. His portfolio includes: Student Services; Human Resources; Equity and Diversity; Campus Services; Infrastructure Services; and Residential Services.

Kean currently serves as Chair of the Boards of Deakin Residential Services, Unilink Limited and the Bowater Trust, as Deputy Chair of Barwon Regional Partnerships and as a member of the Finance and Business Affairs Committee of Deakin University Council.  He is also a member of The Geelong College Council and Chair of its Planning Committee. He was past Chair of the Boards of Callista Software Services, the Australian Masters Games, the Australian Human Resources Institute and the Geelong Business Excellence Awards, and member of the Board of the Committee for Geelong.

Kean was Chief Executive Officer of DeakinPrime – the University’s corporate education arm – from 2002 to 2010. During this period, he also led a number of areas of the University’s operations through roles such as Acting Vice-President Administration in 2005/06 and as Pro Vice-Chancellor Engagement in 2008/10.

Prior to joining Deakin, Kean was Managing Director of the Synergy Management Group, a company he founded in 1995. During this time he built and led successful ventures in business consultancy, software development and contract management services.  Kean’s early career was in the hospitality industry, working for national hotel groups in business development and general management roles.

He has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Monash University's David Syme Business School and a Graduate Diploma of Management from Victoria University. He has completed the Senior Executive Programme at the London Business School, the Executive Certificate of Global Strategy and Innovation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Cranlana Programme Executive Colloquium. He has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) since 2003.

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