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University of Melbourne’s Professor Carolyn Evans will lead Griffith University in Queensland from 2019 as that University’s fifth Vice-Chancellor.

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said that the appointment of Professor Evans to the new role was the “best possible recognition” of her capabilities.

“Carolyn Evans is an outstanding choice to lead Griffith University,” said Professor Davis, himself the third Vice-Chancellor of Griffith. “She has vision, courage and intelligence in abundance.”

Professor Evans is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Graduate) at the University of Melbourne.

“Professor Evans has contributed to the University of Melbourne in every role she had held, from outstanding Professor of Law, to Dean and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.  She has been an integral part of the leadership team, adding greatly to strategy and institutional direction,” Professor Davis said.

“Equally importantly, Carolyn is a highly capable and skilled senior leader in her own right, who excels whatever the challenge.  She will be missed greatly.”

Professor Evans joined the University of Melbourne in 2000. During her time at the University of Melbourne, she was Dean of Melbourne Law School for over six years, ensuring the school had a successful and viable graduate model for Law education. During that time, she added the responsibilities of Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Advancement to her accountabilities.

Professor Evans, a Rhodes Scholar who has degrees in Arts and Law from Melbourne University and a doctorate from Oxford University, paid tribute to the University of Melbourne.

“It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work for the University, including my time with the Law School which ranks amongst the top ten law schools worldwide,” she said.

“I have greatly enjoyed my time at the University of Melbourne which has provided me with outstanding opportunities and support. I also look forward to my new role at Griffith and to continuing to build on its culture of innovation, interdisciplinarity and excellence.”

Professor Evans will complete her tenure at the University of Melbourne in early November.