Mr Flanagan said that the Murdoch University Senate had made the appointment following its acceptance of Professor Richard Higgott’s resignation as Vice Chancellor, effective immediately.
“Professor Taggart is a long-standing member of the University’s Strategic Leadership Team and has the full support of Senate and senior staff in carrying out this important responsibility,” Mr Flanagan said.
“The past few weeks have been a difficult time for the University, especially around the unfortunate but necessary need to refer matters to the Western Australian Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC),” Mr Flanagan said.
Mr Flanagan said that he had been encouraged by the continuing support for the University by the whole Murdoch community and in particular, the dedicated staff.
“As a Senate we are fully supportive of the Strategic Leadership Group and the University’s vision to be recognised as a globally recognised research lead institution,” he said.
“Over the next few years, Murdoch is going to go through a period of change and development that will present plenty of challenges along the way.
“But as a Senate we are convinced that this successful transition represents the best chance of achieving the professional and academic recognition and financial strength that Murdoch deserves.”
Mr Flanagan also announced that recently retired, former Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor at University of Western Australia, Professor Bill Louden will join Murdoch to assist the University achieve its vision of being a research-intensive university, a place of excellence that offers an outstanding learning and teaching experience for all students.
“Professor Louden had been in discussions with the former Vice Chancellor and the Provost, to assist in them in the implementation of the existing strategy, and we are pleased he has accepted the role,” Mr Flanagan said.
“Professor Louden will also act as Strategic Advisor to Professor Taggart is his new role as Acting Vice Chancellor.”
Mr Flanagan said Professor Higgott had made a valuable contribution to Murdoch including his vision for repositioning the University as a globally recognised, research-led university.