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Professor Sue Thomas appointed as CEO

Professor Sue Thomas appointed as CEO

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26 April 2017

Professor Sue Thomas appointed as CEO

Professor Sue Thomas, Provost and esteemed researcher from The University of New England, will play an influential role in advancing Australian research as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Research Council (ARC) to commence on 3 July 2017.

Current Acting CEO, Ms Leanne Harvey, welcomed the announcement of Professor Thomas’ appointment by Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, today. 

“Professor Thomas will join the ARC as an experienced and distinguished leader from the higher education sector with an extensive academic and research background in microbial genetics, environmental microbiology and agricultural biotechnology,” Ms Harvey said.

“In her new role as CEO, Professor Thomas will bring significant expertise and strong credentials to the ARC, allowing the ARC to further enhance its role in advancing Australian research and innovation,” said Ms Harvey. “I am delighted with this appointment and confident that the expertise she will bring will enhance the ARC’s ability to remain at the forefront of research funding and policy advice on research matters.”

Professor Thomas is currently Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of New England, and throughout her professional career has held senior appointments at Charles Sturt University, University of Canberra and Flinders University.

Professor Thomas replaces former CEO of the ARC, Professor Aidan Byrne who has taken up the position of Provost at The University of Queensland.

The ARC is a Commonwealth entity that provides advice to the Australian Government on research matters; manages on average around $800 million annually of the Australian Government’s investment in high-quality research through national competition across all research disciplines; and administers the internationally-recognised Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) national evaluation framework to assess research quality within Australia’s higher education institutions. For more information about the ARC and its programs, visit the ARC website. 

A full biography and image for Professor Thomas is available on the ARC website. 
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