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Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

The University of New England (UNE) Council has appointed Professor Chris Moran as the  next Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer. 

UNE Chancellor Mr James Harris said Professor Moran is an experienced and respected university leader with an academic background in agriculture, natural resources and sustainable development. He is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at Curtin University. 

“Professor Moran brings a commitment to working with UNE to support our aspirations in research, education, community engagement and workplace culture,” Mr Harris said. 

“The appointment follows a comprehensive search in Australia and internationally over the last six months, with consultation with UNE staff and stakeholders. 

“The Selection Committee recognised the high calibre of applicants for this role, however  were ultimately unanimous in recommending to Council the appointment of Professor Moran.” 

Professor Moran is an alumnus of the University of Sydney, spent his early career in CSIRO  then went on to the University of Queensland, and Curtin University. 

He said he is excited to reconnect with rural New South Wales where he spent a great deal  of his youth, and getting to know the people in this historic institution, its community  and collaborating partners. 

“The rural, metro-Sydney and online identities of UNE provide unparalleled opportunities  to expand upon the reputation of UNE as the state leader in providing excellent student  experiences and practical life-long outcomes,” Professor Moran said.  

“My partner is a General Practitioner and with our two young children we are very much  looking forward to becoming a part of the New England community.” 

The University Council thanks and acknowledges the significant contribution of Professor Simon Evans in leading the University as Interim Vice-Chancellor since August 2022. Professor Evans will remain Interim Vice-Chancellor until the commencement of the  incoming Vice-Chancellor in the coming months.

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