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7 September 2001
Southern Cross University has announced the names of the three new Executive Deans who will oversee the delivery of the University's academic programs in line with the recently implemented restructuring of activities.

Those selected are Professor Lawson Savery, Executive Dean of the Division of Business, Professor Paul Thom, Executive Dean of the Division of Arts, and Professor Jenny Graham, Executive Dean of Health and Applied Sciences.

SCU's Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Rickard, said, "It is tremendously gratifying to attract such a high-quality field of applicants, with all three appointees coming from older, recognised establishments, as indeed did each of the sixty-plus applicants. This is a very exciting time for the University and I look forward to each of the new Deans providing outstanding academic and administrative leadership."

Professor Savery is currently Professor of Human Resource Management, Head of the School of Management and Head of the Small Business Unit at WA's Curtin University of Technology. He has an outstanding record of scholarly achievements and has published in some of the leading management, human resource management and industrial relations journals. He is also a recognised expert in a number of management fields and has national and international consulting experience.

Professor Thom, who has already taken up his position, has an impressive academic career and has worked in a number of universities, including the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney, and the ANU. He enjoys an international reputation in his primary research field of philosophy of the performing arts and history of logic. His contribution to the literature in these areas has been a valuable one. Professor Thom is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

Professor Jenny Graham has a distinguished record as part of the Senior Executive team at the University of Newcastle, where she is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations). She has also served there as Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the School of Health, and has been a Professor of Community Health since 1995.

She has also served on the International Standing Committee for the AVCC, has been extensively involved in a variety of international development projects for AusAID and the World Bank, and has served as the President of the Australasian and New Zealand Association for Medical Education. Professor Graham will take up her appointment in October.