Griffith Business School has made two key appointments to its senior leadership team.
Renowned political scientist Professor Anne Tiernan has accepted the position of Dean (Engagement), while the current head of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Professor Fabrizio Carmignani, has been announced as the new Dean (Academic).
Professor Tiernan is currently the Director of the Policy Innovation Hub and works within the School of Government and International Relations.
“Anne has spent much of her career bridging the divide between theory and practice and promoting the mutual and reciprocal benefits of greater engagement between universities, government and industry,” said Professor David Grant, Pro Vice Chancellor (Business).
Professor Tiernan is regularly called on by media for independent analysis and commentary on national politics, public administration and public policy.
“Her experience and knowledge will be of tremendous value as we seek to meet the GBS strategic priority of building and enhancing our engagement activities,” added Professor Grant.
Professor Tiernan said she will establish a clear and shared view of engagement within GBS, encompassing the great work that is already under way.
“I’m interested in the potential for engagement to become a central plank of all aspects of GBS activity – something that enhances and enriches our teaching and research missions, and contributes in tangible ways to the economy, society and communities of which we are part,” she said.
Of Professor Fabrizio Carmignani, Professor Grant said he had made many significant contributions to GBS, and was already an active and highly engaged member of the executive committee.
“I have no doubt he will be an asset to the Group’s senior leadership team as Dean (Academic) and am looking forward to working with him in this new capacity as we progress our strategic priorities.”
Professor Carmignani said he aimed to ensure all academic and professional staff felt adequately supported and mentored to pursue their career aspirations.
“I am particularly keen to help develop new leadership talent,” he said.
“I am very excited by this new role, and I know that I have some big shoes to fill.
“My predecessor in this role, Linda Trenberth, gave an outstanding contribution to the School. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank her, once again, and to wish her all the best.”