Two new members have joined the University Council.
Jenny Gale was appointed by the Minister for Education for a three-year term and Tania Price has been appointed as student member for one year.
Ms Gale is an alumnus of the University with a 40-year career in the public service who started teaching mathematics at Queechy High School and worked across primary, secondary and senior secondary schools as a teacher and principal for 22 years, before being appointed to the position of Director, Office for Educational Review, in 2000.
Since then Ms Gale has worked in a number of senior leadership roles in education supporting schools, developing and implementing school improvement frameworks; leading the developing of the Tasmanian curriculum, including assessment standards and reporting; and on behalf of the Tasmanian Government, negotiating national education policy and strategy. She was Acting Secretary to the Department of Education between 2010 and 2011 and served as the Deputy Premier’s Chief of Staff in 2014 and 2015.
Ms Gale was appointed Secretary of the Department of Education in January 2016. Her professional goals in the role included improving educational outcomes in Tasmania so that more young people stay in education and training for longer and achieve more; ensuring that the Department of Education lead and contributed strongly to whole-of-government priorities; and supporting a high quality workforce to drive innovation in lifelong education and information services to benefit all Tasmanians.
Over the past 10 years, Ms Gale has served on a number of boards and national committees, most recently as a Director of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. She became Acting Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Head of the State Service in November 2017 and was confirmed as Secretary of the Department in March 2018.
Tania Price was appointed to Council in January 2018 as student member. To provide greater opportunity for student leaders to engage in University governance at the highest level, in 2017 the Council resolved to broaden the scope of potential applicants for the student member role and endorsed a proposal to run an expression of interest process, open to any enrolled student who would be continuing in 2018. Ms Price was the successful applicant after a very competitive process, where a panel chaired by a Council member considered a large number of high-quality applications from a diverse range of students.
Ms Price holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with first-class honours from the University of Tasmania. She is a PhD candidate at the School of Creative Arts and is pursuing a practice-based research project in painting at the University.
Ms Price has an extensive professional background in corporate and public-sector communications and stakeholder relations, having held various positions including Vice-President, Media Relations and Communications at BHP; Manager, Public Affairs at WMC Resources; Director, Gavin Anderson & Kortlang; Public Affairs Manager at Tourism Victoria and Principal Press Secretary for a Victorian Premier. She has worked as a journalist for the Melbourne Sun newspaper and for Australian Associated Press. Ms Price lives in Hobart and is a director of Tasracing and a former board member of the Festival of Voices.