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Strategic Leadership Group

The Strategic Leadership Group is headed by the Vice Chancellor and supported by the Deputy Vice Chancellors and Head of Administration. This group has the responsibility for the strategic management and development of all aspects of University business.

Professor Eeva Leinonen, Vice Chancellor

Professor Eeva Leinonen, Vice Chancellor

The Vice Chancellor is the most senior executive position at Murdoch University – serving as both the principal academic officer and chief executive officer for the university. The Vice Chancellor embodies the values of Murdoch and promotes the university's external goals, including stakeholder relations and community engagement. The Vice Chancellor encourages, promotes and facilitates the very best academic and organisational performance across the whole University.

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Provost, Professor Andrew Taggart - Image

Professor Andrew Taggart, Provost

The Provost is the deputy to the Vice Chancellor. The Provost’s role is to support and build the capacity of our eight schools, providing a key linkage between academic and professional staff. The Provost also provides senior level support for domestic student recruitment and leads our local, regional and national engagement.

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Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor David Morrison - Image

Professor David Morrison, Deputy Vice Chancellor - Research & Innovation

The Deputy Vice Chancellor - Research & Innovation has overall responsibility for the strategic direction and focus of research undertaken within the University. This position is active in developing closer research links and a funding base with both private and public sector users and providers. In addition the DVC-R&I is responsible for ensuring the promotion of research for the public good and educating the public about the benefits of research and its contribution to society.

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Mr Darren McKee, Chief Operating Officer

Mr Darren McKee, Chief Operating Officer

The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for supporting the Vice-Chancellor on all matters of administration, management and people development. The COO’s responsibilities include infrastructure, finances, marketing, technology and people and culture.