Today I share the news that two of our most senior academic leaders have chosen to the leave the University to pursue new opportunities.
Professor Phil Dolan, Dean of the Business School and Professor Krishna Sen, Dean of the Faculty of Arts have informed me of their decision to stand down from their current roles in the coming months.
Professor Dolan will be leaving the University on December 2, bound for the eastern states with his family. Professor Sen will go on leave early next year, finishing her tenure in July 2017.
I would like to thank Phil and Krisha for their valuable contributions over their time at UWA.
Phil moved to UWA in August 2011 after more than three decades of working in financial services and academia. In his 5 years as Dean, Phil achieved EQUIS Accreditation for the School for the maximum term of 5 years and oversaw the successful launch of UWA’s flagship full-time Master of Business Administration and the new Master of Applied Finance courses. Phil also led the further expansion of the UWA Business School Ambassadorial Council on the east coast of Australia and into South-east Asia while continuing to build strong relationships with the business and wider communities.
As well as his outstanding job of leading the Business School, Phil has served as a board member of St Georges College and was on the council of Methodist Ladies College.
Krishna joined UWA following her role as Executive Director for Humanities and Creative Arts at the Australian Research Council in Canberra. Since becoming Dean of the Faculty of Arts in 2009, Krishna has played a significant role in the success of the university’s languages policy, which was commended in the recent Review of Courses as an ‘unprecedented and nationally recognized’ growth in language studies. From 2010 under Krishna’s leadership, the faculty also experienced a period of significant growth in both students and research productivity, including, unusually for Arts faculties, securing a Centre of Excellence and several industry-funded and endowed Chairs.
During her time as Dean, Krishna served nationally on the Board of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, including a two-year term as the elected President of the Council and has served on the national advisory board of the New Colombo Plan since its inception.
I trust you will join me in thanking Phil and Krishna for their exceptional leadership and wishing them all the very best for the future.
Professor Paul Johnson