Murdoch University confirms new leadership team

July 21, 2016

Professor Lyn Karstadt

Professor Lyn Karstadt has been announced as Deputy Vice Chancellor – International.

Murdoch University has finalised the new leadership team with the appointment of Professor Lyn Karstadt as Deputy Vice Chancellor – International.

The new role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor – International, will lead the University’s internationalisation focus, including transnational education programs in Singapore and Dubai, and the development of strategic global partners to expand the international reach of the University.

With more than 20 years' experience of leadership roles in higher education in Australia and the UK, Professor Karstadt has the strong international profile needed to advance Murdoch University’s presence in the region. She is currently Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences at the University of Southern Queensland, a role she held for three years.

Prior to coming to Australia, Professor Karstadt worked for 20 years at the University of Hertfordshire. Over her tenure, she rose through the ranks to become Operational Dean, Faculty of Health & Human Sciences, and later, Associate Director – International Health Developments. It was in her most recent roles where she developed significant networks and experience in international markets, including India and Southeast Asia.

Announcing the appointment, Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen said the appointment would build upon the international strengths of the University.

“Our successful transnational education enterprise in the Middle East and Southeast Asia now exceeds a third of our total student population, and Professor Karstadt will lead on our bold international development plans.”

“Professor Karstadt brings an innovative and entrepreneurial leadership style and takes a strategic approach, which has resulted in many significant gains for the universities she has served.”

The recruitment of a new Deputy Vice Chancellor – International, comes only weeks after Murdoch University appointed Professor Romy Lawson as Deputy Vice Chancellor – Education.

“Professor Lyn Karstadt is an important appointment in what is now an exceptional leadership team. I look forward to working with the new executive team and the entire university community as we refocus our strategic plan in the coming months to ensure the future success of the University,” Professor Leinonen said.

“With renewed leadership and a commitment to building a stronger future, we are now looking to confirm our position as a significant, research-led university, with far-reaching influence across the world.”

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