Senior executive team

The senior executive team at Murdoch University are responsible for the strategic management and development of all aspects of university business.

Eeva Leinonen

Professor Eeva Leinonen
Vice Chancellor

The Vice Chancellor is the most senior executive position at Murdoch University – serving as both the principal academic officer and chief executive officer for the university. The Vice Chancellor embodies the values of Murdoch and promotes the university's external goals, including stakeholder relations and community engagement. The Vice Chancellor encourages, promotes and facilitates the very best academic and organisational performance across the whole University.

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Romy Lawson

Professor Romy Lawson

The Provost is the deputy to the Vice Chancellor. The Provost’s role is to oversee academic endeavours for the University. This includes providing senior level strategic leadership for academic quality, student support and management, professional learning, course portfolio and delivery approaches, domestic student recruitment and building the capacity of our two Colleges.

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David Morrison

Professor David Morrison
Deputy Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation

The DVC Research & Innovation has overall responsibility for the strategic direction and focus of research undertaken within the University. This position is active in developing closer research links and a funding base with both private and public sector users and providers. In addition the DVC-R&I is responsible for ensuring the promotion of research for the public good and educating the public about the benefits of research and its contribution to society.

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Darren McKee

Mr Darren McKee
Chief Operating Officer

The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for supporting the Vice Chancellor on all matters of administration, management and people development. The COO’s responsibilities include infrastructure, finances, marketing, technology and people and culture.

David Harrison

Mr David Harrison
Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff to the Vice Chancellor oversees the University’s strategic external engagement, managing the Office of the Vice Chancellery, strategic projects, and planning and performance. The Chief of Staff provides strategic advice and support to the Vice Chancellor and the University Executive.

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Grant O'Neill

Professor Grant O'Neill
Pro Vice Chancellor Colleges

The Pro Vice Chancellor Colleges provides academic and executive leadership across both the College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences and the College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education. The PVC is accountable for fostering a culture of innovation and continuous improvement, high quality student experience, research excellence, and productive external engagement. He is responsible for leading the Colleges in the delivery of Murdoch’s strategic plan.


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