Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Sue Thomas

Sue ThomasThe Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor provides advice to the Vice-Chancellor on strategy and planning matters, TEQSA and TAFE relationships and provides leadership to the ten academic Schools at the University of New England.

Professor Sue Thomas is an experienced university executive whose earlier academic background includes both teaching and research roles. Professor Thomas holds both a Bachelor of Science with Honours and Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology from La Trobe University in Victoria. Professor Thomas’s professional career commenced with appointments at Princeton University in the USA and the Medical Research Council in the UK. After joining Flinders University in Adelaide in 1990, she was responsible for establishing a research program of pure, applied and commercial projects on themes ranging from primary discovery, modelling, characterisation, and the design of rapid tests for hazardous agents. She has extensive undergraduate teaching experience, research interests that include science pedagogy and academic leadership, and is an award-winning lecturer.

From the year 2000 to mid 2005 she was head of the School of Biological Sciences at Flinders University. During this period she completed a Master of Business Administration (Technology Management) (APESMA/Deakin University) and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education (Flinders University). In mid 2005 Professor Thomas moved to the University of Canberra to become pro vice-chancellor of the Division of Health, Design and Science. In this role she was the senior manager responsible for the research and teaching activities of staff and students in a wide variety of disciplines. In 2007 she was appointed to the senior executive portfolio of pro-vice chancellor research, assuming responsibility for strategic direction, governance re-formulation and pro-active external liaison. Her role included line-management of the research support staff and university research centres, liaison with external research consortia, and central involvement in major government compliance processes.

In 2009 Professor Thomas moved to Charles Sturt University (CSU) as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the senior executive responsible for research. In this role she led cultural and structural change based on research performance data generation. She led CSU's contribution to major government compliance processes including Excellence in Research for Australia (the federal research assessment).

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Vice-Chancellor's Unit
University of New England