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Note to staff

January 18, 2008


Appointment of the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor Strategy and Planning

I am pleased to announce the University has appointed Professor Stephen Martin to the position of DVC Strategy and Planning.

Professor Martin is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor International at Victoria University. His appointment to Curtin will add a new dimension to our senior executive team and I am confident he will make a significant contribution to the University.

Professor Martin has a wealth of experience in the political arena as a long serving Member of Parliament as well as extensive experience in academia, making him ideally suited for the role of DVC Strategy and Planning. He was Speaker of the House of Representatives for three years and as a member of the Shadow Cabinet held the portfolios of Trade and Tourism, Defence, Small Business and Customs, and Sport. He is also well known for chairing a significant inquiry into the Australian banking industry.

Professor Martin has previously held the positions of Chief Executive Officer at the University of Wollongong in Dubai, and Professorial Fellow and Director, Corporate and Executive Education of Wollongong’s Graduate School of Business and Professional Development.

He has a PhD in economics from the University of Wollongong. His thesis was entitled ‘Labor and Financial Deregulation: The Hawke/Keating Government, Banking and New Labor’.

Professor Martin’s experience of issues within the higher education sector, together with his specialised policy and analytical skills, will enable him to develop strategies for Curtin to meet its challenges and capitalise on opportunities to place the University in a strong and competitive position.

His experience in international education and engagement will further enhance Curtin’s reputation as a leading international university. In particular Professor Martin has a strong engagement with China – and holds an Honorary Professorship with Hebei University of Economics and Business – which will add further value to Curtin’s growing education and research linkages with that country.

Professor Stephen Martin will commence in his new role at Curtin on 31 March and I take this opportunity to welcome him on behalf of the University.

Professor Stephen Martin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Strategy and Planning



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