Western Sydney University appoints new Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership

Western Sydney University has announced the appointment of Professor Michelle Trudgett as the University’s inaugural Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership.

The University’s Board of Trustees resolved at its August meeting to create the new position, elevating the voice of Indigenous leadership within the University.

Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO, said the creation of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership is important for the University, the higher education sector and our community.

“On behalf of the University community, I warmly congratulate Professor Trudgett on her appointment. I know in this portfolio she will further deliver on her outstanding leadership and advocacy for Indigenous Australians, enriching our University and our communities,” said Professor Glover.

“The creation of a Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership affirms the University’s strong commitment to ensuring Indigenous people take up their rightful place at the centre of decision-making – not just at our University, but across our region and the nation.”

Professor Trudgett joined Western Sydney University in 2019 as the Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Strategy and Consultation. She is a proud Wiradjuri woman, a national leader in Indigenous education and an outstanding researcher and academic.

She has led the University’s ambitious Indigenous Strategy, galvanised study and pastoral support for Indigenous students and provided invaluable counsel to the Executive and Senior Executive.

“Throughout my career, my work has been dedicated to the core principle that Indigenous communities thrive when there are Indigenous leaders at the apex of our institutions,” said Professor Trudgett.

“I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with the wonderful staff and students of this University and the communities of Greater Western Sydney to celebrate, protect and share Indigenous knowledge, culture, and heritage and embed those experiences at the heart of our University.”

Professor Trudgett commences in the position on Monday 16 August, 2021.


16 August 2021

Media Unit

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