Professor Tim McKenry appointed new Chair of Academic Board

Australian Catholic University (ACU) has appointed of Professor Timothy McKenry as the new Chair of Academic Board.

Professor McKenry will start in the position on 6 August 2020, replacing outgoing Chair Professor Margot Hillel, who has held the position since 2011.

Professor McKenry has more than 20 years’ experience in the sector, he has held the role of Deputy Head School of Arts, Victoria since 2014 and has been employed at ACU since 2009. During that time, he has received numerous awards including in 2014 an Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Excellence in Teaching and in 2015 ACU’s Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence. He has served on many faculty- and university-led committees and led the development and review of multiple courses, supervising and mentoring staff and implementing a range of new teaching initiatives.

He has served on Academic Board since 2018.

In making the announcement ACU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Craven congratulated Professor McKenry on his appointment.

“Professor McKenry has an in-depth understanding of ACU and its context in the higher education landscape and is highly dedicated to academic quality and course innovation, including a robust research and academic culture. His contributions to the Academic Board have been extremely valuable, and I look forward to working with him as Chair.

“I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Professor Hillel’s leadership of Academic Board since 2011 and her outstanding contribution to ACU over 35 years.”

The role of Chair of Academic Board plays an integral role in achieving the university’s mission and strategic objectives. With numerous committees reporting into Academic Board, the role is pivotal in providing academic leadership, efficient governance and communication between the academic community and the university senior executive. The role of Chair of Academic Board holds an ex-officio seat on the university’s Senate, our most senior governing body.

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