“It is with considerable pleasure that I announce that the Executive Committee of Council of the University has, on the recommendation of the Appointment Committee, appointed Professor Andrew Parkin as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) for a period of five years from November 1, 2008,” Professor Barber said..
“Professor Parkin has been acting in the role of DVC(A) for some 18 months and has worked well in the role in a period overlapping two Vice-Chancellors. In particular, he has been a great support to me since my appointment as Vice-Chancellor. He has established acceptance and credibility in delivering many key outcomes and is seen as being highly productive. He has established effective relationships with the other DVC(A)s in Adelaide and has a constructive relationship with key members of the State Government,” he said.
“In making its recommendation the Appointment Committee was mindful of the pending challenges within the tertiary sector arising from such government initiatives as the Bradley Review. They recognised that I would need to continue to play a significant external role in meeting these challenges and creating opportunities for Flinders University. In this context, the Appointment Committee believed that it was important for the DVC(A) to be a strong and effective support and back-up by leading the critically important teaching and learning portfolio. From a strong field, the Appointment Committee unanimously recommended that Professor Parkin was the best candidate to play this important supporting role.
“Flinders has a proud record of excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. I am confident that under Professor Parkin’s leadership we shall build upon this foundation.”