Three recent leadership appointments will help enable the University to collaborate and engage with local communities, while realising the University’s vision and strategic priorities.
The University’s strategic direction for the future is a place-based, people centred and regionally networked educational provider.
Drawn to this approach, Professor Mitch Parsell has accepted the position as the University’s new Academic Executive Director.
Professor Parsell’s academic career began at the University of Tasmania in the Department of Philosophy. He is passionate about transforming higher education for the benefit of communities.
“Mitch will be working closely with me to advance the University’s strategic priorities in learning and teaching, student experience, and quality and standards,” Provost Professor Jane Long said.
As part of its commitment to the north and north-west, the University has appointed Professor Jim Cavaye as the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor Cradle Coast region. Professor Cavaye will focus on developing regional engagement and building a strong sense of academic community and culture at the Cradle Coast campus and lead aspects of the transition to the West Park campus.
Professor Cavaye is no stranger to the region, having taught at the Cradle Coast campus and also conducted extensive community engagement while developing the community plan for Launceston.
The appointments come following the recent announcement that Professor Dom Geraghty will be Pro Vice-Chancellor (Launceston). Professor Geraghty will have a key role in realizing the vision of the Northern Transformation Project, working with the Provost and Vice-Chancellor Rufus Black and in consultation with the Colleges.
“Dom is deeply passionate about growing our presence and increasing educational access and attainment across northern Tasmania.
“Along with his extensive knowledge of Tasmania and understanding of the Launceston region, Dom’s diverse experience across a wide range of academic leadership roles and, his capacity for engaging communication and advocacy in a variety of internal and external contexts, position him well to lead and realise the vision of the Northern Transformation,” Professor Jane Long said.
The three appointments provide each region with strong academic community and locally-led decision making. Professor Parsell will commence in the role mid-July, Professor Cavaye will move into the north-west based Pro Vice-Chancellor position in October.