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Note to staff

7 May 2015


Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor appointment

Professor John Cordery

Professor John Cordery

I’m very pleased to advise staff the University has appointed Professor John Cordery as its new Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, after an extensive international recruitment process. He will take up the position on 1 July 2015.

Professor Cordery will bring a very strong academic and research background, as well as significant management and leadership experience to the position. His expertise spans the business-related disciplines of organisational behaviour and human resource management, having completed his PhD in Industrial/Organisational Psychology at The University of Sheffield (UK).

Professor Cordery has recently completed his term as Chair, Academic Board and Council at The University of Western Australia. Prior to this appointment, he served as Head of Management and Organisations at the UWA Business School from 2003 to 2012 and Head of the Department of Organisational and Labour Studies from 1997 to 2001. He was also Associate Dean (Research) in the UWA Business School from 2005 to 2007 and again from 2010 to 2011.

He began his academic career at Curtin in 1982 as a lecturer in psychology, before moving to UWA in late 1991.

As Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cordery will provide strategic leadership and oversight of the University’s academic affairs and quality enhancement, and will have overall responsibility for the University’s faculties.

Professor Cordery succeeds Professor Colin Stirling who left Curtin in October last year to take up the position of Vice-Chancellor at Flinders University in South Australia. Professor David Wood, who has since acted in this role, will continue until Professor Cordery commences. My thanks go to Professor Wood for the great contribution he has made during this time.

I am looking forward to working closely with Professor Cordery as a member of Curtin’s senior executive team and I’m sure you will all join me in welcoming him back to Curtin when he commences in July.



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