Appointment of UTS Provost

01 Oct 2016

Appointment of UTS Provost

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Andrew Parfitt has been chosen as the next Provost and Senior Vice-President, and that he will commence at UTS at the beginning of December.

Professor Attila Brungs, and the rest of the selection panel, were impressed with Andrew’s vision for UTS, his energy, insights and experience, and feel he is the perfect successor to Professor Peter Booth, who has served UTS so well over the past two decades.

Andrew is held in extremely high regard within our sector. He is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Newcastle, and prior to that held numerous senior university administrative positions, from Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice President: Division of IT, Engineering and the Environment at the University of South Australia, to Associate Dean, in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Adelaide.

He has also had valuable public sector research agency experience through stints with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO).

Andrew’s area of academic expertise is telecommunications engineering, including antenna and radio systems research. He holds BE and PhD degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Adelaide, and has published over 100 technical papers in refereed conferences and journals. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Throughout his career, Andrew has been involved in securing many millions of dollars of project and grant funding through a range of mechanisms to support teaching, research and infrastructure.

He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has been a member of many government, professional and industry boards and committees. Currently he serves as Chair of the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) in New South Wales.

From 2010 to 2012 Andrew was a ministerial appointment to the Commonwealth Government’s Space Industry Innovation Council.

In accepting the role, Andrew commended UTS for its steady rise in international reputation. “With a focus on practice-led education and high impact research, UTS is making a significant contribution to our community by developing graduates who will be the next generation of leaders, and innovations that will drive our future economy.”

“I am delighted to be joining UTS at this time, and look forward to realising the vision for a world leading university of technology.”

Peter and Andrew will work together from December to ensure a seamless handover in February. Peter has generously agreed to stay on after that and complete a couple of critical strategic initiatives for the university, before he leaves us in May.

The role of Provost is a very significant one within a university, as the Provost leads the academic community. At UTS right now that is even more the case, as they enter their next phase of growth.