ALBURY Wodonga Health chairwoman Nicki Melville will stay on in the role for another year as the search for a replacement chief executive begins in earnest.
The Victorian Government has granted Ms Melville a second successive one-year extension on the board due largely to the recent resignation of Leigh McJames as chief executive after three years in the role.
She was an inaugural AWH board member in 2009 and under the health service protocols board members must resign after three terms unless ministerial approval to stay on is granted.
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Health minister Jenny Mikakos rubber-stamped her latest extension late this week.
"I'm pleased to be able to continue as chair and look forward to working with our new CEO to achieve our master-plan and strategic plan," Ms Melville said.
"The board sincerely thanks Leigh McJames for all his hard work and achievements over the past three years.
"He leaves AWH a better place and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours."
Mr McJames finishes up on June 24 with director Janet Chapman to start in the interim role the next day.
Applications for the role closed last night with a short-list of applications to be compiled on Wednesday.
Interviews are slated for the following week with a successor announced in mid-July.
Board member Matt Burke has been re-appointed and the minister has agreed to a request to increase the board size to 10 with recommended candidate Angela Verde starting in the role on July 1.
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