Professor Yovich is retiring from academia in March 2011 after 22 years at Murdoch, nearly nine of them as Vice Chancellor.
Professor Gary Martin, currently Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, will take on the role of Vice Chancellor while a new Vice Chancellor is being recruited.
Professor Martin has had eight years’ experience in senior executive roles at Murdoch University. He is currently Chair of Perth Education City, and Chair of the Innovative Research Universities International Group.
Professor Martin said that he would assume the role of Vice Chancellor in April and would work closely with Professor Yovich over the next few months to facilitate a smooth handover.
“Having been at Murdoch for close to 20 years I am very pleased to accept the appointment of Vice Chancellor while the selection of a new Vice Chancellor is underway,” he said.
Murdoch Chancellor Terry Budge said: “We are delighted that Professor Martin has accepted the position.
“Professor Yovich has been an outstanding academic and innovative leader who has contributed greatly to the success of Murdoch University. Professor Martin’s leadership will ensure that Murdoch continues to thrive while the search for the University’s next Vice Chancellor progresses.”
Mr Budge said that plans for the recruitment of Murdoch’s new Vice Chancellor were well in hand. The position is expected to be advertised early in the new year.