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Curtin University
Vice-Chancellor
About me

Professor TerryI joined Curtin as Vice-Chancellor in 2014, following a 24-year career at the University of Queensland (UQ). I am an alumna of the Australian National University, graduating with a PhD in psychology, and began my career at UQ as a lecturer before progressing through a number of senior leadership roles to Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

I am a Fellow and the immediate past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, as well as Deputy Chair of the Board of Universities Australia. I am also on the Board of the Committee for Perth and AARNET, the provider of Australia’s network infrastructure for education and research. I previously chaired both the Australian Council of Learned Academies and the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts in the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences.

I am honoured to lead an institution as vibrant, as inclusive and as globally engaged as Curtin. In recent years, the University has experienced a rapid rise in international rankings. It is a privilege for me to be in my position as we seek to attract the best students and staff and to build the key partnerships with industry, government and other institutions that will be so essential if we are to continue on our path to be a leading global university.

Thank you for your support as we move into the next exciting phase of our journey, focussing on delivering excellence in all that we do.

Professor Deborah Terry AO
Vice-Chancellor