Federation University Australia – with a campus in Berwick – has appointed its next vice chancellor, Professor Duncan Bentley, who will commence in August this year.
Currently deputy vice chancellor at Swinburne University, Mr Bentley leads the academic, international, online and Indigenous portfolios at Swinburne and is on the Board of Swinburne.
He was previously deputy vice chancellor at Victoria University with oversight of vocational education, external engagement, and international.
“I am honoured and delighted to be appointed as Federation University’s next vice chancellor,” Mr Bentley said.
“I am a passionate advocate for areas that are important to the university, including the student experience, research and community engagement.
“Federation University provides domestic and international students of different ages, backgrounds and career stages with the skills and opportunities to transform their lives and careers, preparing them for any future.”
Federation University Australia chancellor, Terry Moran AC, said that Mr Bentley had an impressive 20-year career in senior academic leadership and management and would bring significant networking, public, private and dual-sector university experience to the role.
“As Federation University continues the implementation of its five-year strategic plan, with Professor Bentley’s deep knowledge and commitment to a student-centric approach across all areas of the student experience, we look forward to his vision and leadership in our next phase of growth,” Mr Moran said.
“The council and I could not be more appreciative of Professor Bartlett’s expertise and leadership over the past three years of transformation which has seen the university academically and financially strong, and global reputation and rankings significantly improved.
“Professor Bartlett has established a foundation upon which her successor can build and we wish her well in her next appointment as vice chancellor of the University of the Sunshine Coast.”