New business dean for Murdoch

June 30, 2017

Professor Grant O'Neill is Murdoch University's new Dean of Business and Governance.

Murdoch University has appointed a new Dean to lead its School of Business and Governance.

Professor Grant O’Neill will begin his new role in early September, joining Murdoch from Curtin Business School where he is currently Dean International and Accreditation.

He has more than 28 years of experience in higher education, including more than a decade with the Faculty of Business at Charles Sturt University where he worked in various leadership roles including Head of the School of Business and Associate Dean (Courses).

For the last six years, he has provided direction to Curtin Business School’s extensive international activities, and was responsible for leading Curtin’s successful AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation effort.

As Dean of Strategy and Change, he played a key role in positioning Curtin Business School for sustainable growth and development in teaching and research.

Professor O’Neill said he is delighted to be joining Murdoch at a time of enormous innovation and development.

“I am excited by Murdoch’s mission to nurture work-ready graduates and enhance its industry-focused translational research,” he said.

“We have an opportunity at the School of Business and Governance to innovate in course design and delivery, and greatly strengthen our industry and government engagement.

“Thanks to Murdoch’s international footprint and disciplinary breadth, the School can become internationally-recognised for industry relevant courses and graduates with a deep understanding of business and governance around the world.”

Professor O’Neill also noted his strong support for the School’s pursuit of AASCB Accreditation.

“Attaining what many hold to be the world’s leading business school accreditation is a priority not just because it is an internationally recognised marker of quality, but because it commits the School to continuous improvement and deep international engagement,” he said.

Murdoch Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen said she was delighted to be welcoming Professor O’Neill to the University.

“Grant has extensive leadership experience and his passion for business and governance education will enable us to build on our existing strengths as well as seek new opportunities,” she said.

“I would also like to thank the Acting Dean of the School, Associate Professor Grant Cullen for his invaluable contribution over the last 18 months. Grant has built strong foundations for the School’s future success.”


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