Merit appointment recognises dedication of UNE Professor Jennie Shaw

Published 21 May 2013

Professor Jennie ShawUNE Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor Jennie Shaw, has been appointed as the NSW Government’s representative on the Federal Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB).

Professor Shaw will take up the role of NSW Director for the AMEB immediately, following the resignation from the role of Dr Karl Kramer, Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

 UNE Vice-Chancellor Professor Jim Barber said the appointment was well-deserved recognition of the valuable contribution Professor Shaw continues to make to the arts.

“This is a ministerial appointment on merit and well-earned recognition of Jennie’s dedication to music and the arts within the local region as well as across NSW and internationally,” Professor Barber said.

“The AMEB is well known in NSW and nationally and it is pleasing to note that UNE’s strong connections with the Board continue. UNE’s Head of School of the Arts, Prof Darryl Poulsen, has also served on the federal board of the AMEB and another current NSW board member, Dr Rita Crew, is a distinguished UNE alumna.

Professor Barber said it was doubly pleasing that the new NSW Director was a true regional advocate.

“Jennie’s enthusiasm would be well known within the Armidale community. She is the founding Director of the Arts New England Centre for Research and Innovation in the Arts and currently serves as deputy chair of the Board of Directors of the New England Conservatorium of Music.

“I understand she is also a major individual sponsor of the Armidale Eisteddfod, which UNE also sponsors through UNE Music and the School of Arts,” Professor Barber said.

Professor Shaw said she was honoured by the appointment. “The AMEB has a long history of setting standards of excellence for music, speech and drama in Australia,” Professor Shaw said.

“Those standards are upheld across the nation, not just in the cities but in those rural and remote centres like Armidale and Tamworth, where AMEB-trained teachers and AMEB examiners are strongly supported by students, schools and families.”

“I look forward to contributing actively to the strategic direction and ongoing success of the AMEB.”