Australian Catholic University has appointed Professor Zlatko Skrbis as the university’s next vice-chancellor and president, replacing Professor Greg Craven, who is retiring after 13 years at the helm.
ACU Chancellor John Fahey congratulated Professor Skrbis on his appointment and said he had already established himself as playing a fundamental role in the future of the university.
“Professor Skrbis was appointed following an international recruitment search. He is an outstanding candidate with a solid background in the Australian higher education sector. He has built a distinguished international research profile and is committed to the tradition of Catholic higher education. The university’s Senate and I look forward to working with Professor Skrbis.”
Professor Skrbis holds a PhD in Sociology and has a prominent international research profile in the fields of migration, social theory and youth studies.
Before joining ACU, Professor Skrbis held senior executive roles at the University of Queensland and Monash University. He joined ACU in 2018 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and is currently serving as Acting Provost.
Professor Skrbis has been instrumental in establishing a transformative program of work at ACU, which is focused on creating new and mission-based value for the university. He said he was committed to ensuring that ACU students were grounded in Catholic mission and were prepared for a career that would likely be characterised by unpredictable shifts and turns.
Professor Skrbis will take up his role in January.
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