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A leading Australian academic administrator, Professor John Dewar, has been appointed as the University of Melbourne’s new Provost, following an extensive external recruitment process. A priority responsibility of the Provost is overseeing the continued smooth implementation of the University’s major curriculum reform, the Melbourne Model.

Professor Dewar who is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Relations) at Melbourne succeeds the University’s inaugural Provost, Professor Peter McPhee, who retired this year.

John Dewar was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Griffith University before joining the University of Melbourne earlier this year. 

The focus for the new Provost is on refining the Melbourne Model and ensuring successful second phase implementation of the University’s graduate programs in 2011. 

Announcing the appointment, Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said Professor Dewar brings a wealth of strategic university leadership and management experience to his new role at Melbourne, particularly in overseeing large-scale change management in academic programs.
The University has also announced three other key appointments in a changed structure of senior University management.  Professor Davis says these appointments will ensure strong and experienced leadership as the University continues to implement its Growing Esteem strategy in challenging times.

Professor Susan Elliott has been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) to establish a revised portfolio, with an emphasis on international engagement and partnerships, local knowledge transfer and partnerships, international student recruitment strategy and enrichment of the student experience in line with graduate attributes, including internationalisation of the student experience and global mobility.

Professor Elliott who has been Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching, Learning and Equity) at Melbourne will maintain responsibility for the University’s strategy for recruiting and retaining students in key equity groups.

Professor Warren Bebbington, currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Relations), at the University of Melbourne will take on the new role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (University Affairs). 

This role brings together a number of community facing responsibilities.  Professor Bebbington will also assist the Vice-Chancellor with key strategic issues facing the University.

Professor Pip Pattison, a former President of the University’s Academic Board, has been appointed as the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) to support the Provost in delivery of the Melbourne Model and promote the quality of the Melbourne student experience.

This role will focus on improving learning and teaching across the University and have responsibility for developing and implementing the policy framework to support it.