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Mr Kean Selway



Chief Operating Officer


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Office of COO


Geelong Waterfront Campus

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Kean Selway has been the Chief Operating Officer for Deakin University since 2011 and a member of the University's Executive since 2002.

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

Kean currently serves as Chair of the Boards of Deakin Residential Services, Unilink Limited and the Bowater Trust, and as Deputy Chair of G21 Geelong Region Alliance. He is also a member of the Finance and Business Affairs Committee of Deakin University Council and a member of the CA-X Committee of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Board. 

He was immediate past Deputy Chair of Barwon Regional Partnership, past Chair of the Boards of Callista Software Services, the Australian Masters Games, the Australian Human Resources Institute and member of Council of The Geelong College and the Board of the Committee for Geelong.

Kean was Chief Executive Officer of DeakinPrime - the University's corporate education arm - from 2002 to 2009. He has 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 2009/11.

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 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 Executive Colloquium at the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership.

Kean has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) since 2003.

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