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Curtin University
Note to staff

19 June 2009


New Chancellor appointed

I am very pleased to announce that Curtin University of Technology has appointed former WA Water Corporation Chief Executive Officer Dr Jim Gill as Chancellor.

His appointment will be effective from early next year.

Dr Gill succeeds Gordon Martin, Executive Chairman of Coogee Chemicals, who has been Chancellor since 2006.

The University’s Council unanimously endorsed the appointment of Dr Gill as our new Chancellor at its meeting this week.

We look forward to working with Dr Gill who will bring enormous knowledge and experience to our Council.

I would also like to recognise Mr Martin’s contributions as Chancellor. The University has greatly benefited from his term, and he has contributed significantly to the development of Curtin’s new strategic plan and vision to become a top 20 university in Asia by 2020.

Dr Gill was the Water Corporation’s inaugural CEO from 1996 till he retired in December 2008.

A major focus during his tenure was a program to greatly increase the State’s water source capacity and promote efficient water usage to adapt to significantly drying climate. He also introduced seawater desalination to Australia and this has now been adopted by four other States.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with First Class Honours from The University of Western Australia in 1968 and obtained a PhD (in the field of computer-aided design) from Cambridge University, England, in 1972. Dr Gill also attained a Master Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, USA, in 1983.

Dr Gill started with the WA Main Roads Department in 1972. From 1988-1995 he was WA’s Commissioner of Railways.

Most recently he received the International Water Association’s Grand Award in Vienna last September in recognition of WA’s leadership in adapting to drying climate. He was also made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in this year’s Australia Day honours list.

Curtin appoints Deputy Vice-Chancellor International

Congratulations also to Professor David Wood who has been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor International.

As many of you know, Professor Wood has served at Curtin in a number of capacities over the last 13 years, most recently as Pro-Vice Chancellor of Humanities.

He has proven himself to be a committed member of Curtin’s executive management team and is recognised as an innovative leader and strategist. I look forward to his contributions in this new role.

In his capacities as Director of Humanities International Programs (from 2005 till July 2008) and Pro Vice-Chancellor Humanities, Professor Wood developed new offshore courses and improved the management of existing partnerships which has enhanced Curtin’s financial situation.

He also managed the development and implementation of new pathway programs to enhance international recruitment and lead a team that is implementing innovative marketing approaches for Humanities courses locally and internationally.

The international marketplace for higher education is dynamic and challenging and Professor Wood is a capable leader who can significantly grow our interests in this area.

Prior to joining Curtin in 1995 in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Professor Wood was a planning consultant working in regional tourism. He also built a distinguished career in museums in Victoria, Tasmania and WA.

Professor Wood has a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and a Post-graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from Curtin. He obtained his doctorate from Curtin in 2001.