CHARLES Sturt University will appoint just its third chancellor in its history when Lawrie Willett retires in December after close to 11 years at the helm.
The university announced yesterday Meat and Livestock Australia chair Michele Allan would take up the role at the end of the year.
Dr Allan comes to the university with a significant pedigree in regional issues, having worked in the meat and dairy industries for the past 23 years.
She was coming to the job at an “interesting” time for the higher education sector, with the reforms before the Senate potentially set to transform the landscape should they be passed in their current form.
“Some of the state-run organisations have been through a deregulated environment and a contestable market so I do have some background in some of the challenges we might face,” she said.
Dr Allan’s appointment came after an extensive 18-month search.