20 April 2024

UOW vice-chancellor resigns: 'the right time to pass the baton on'

| Jen White
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UOW vice-chancellor Patricia Davidson has announced she is resigning. Photo: UOW.

Wollongong University Vice-Chancellor Patricia Davidson has resigned after three years in the top job.

In a letter sent to staff today (19 April), Prof Davidson said now was the right time to “pass the baton on”, as the university prepares to mark its 50th anniversary next year and a new strategic plan is being developed. She will finish on 30 June.

“After being appointed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, I have guided the university through arguably the most tumultuous period in its history, financially and tactically, and now is the right time for new leadership as we embrace the recommendations of the ACCORD,” her letter said.

“We have continued to champion UOW’s outstanding equity and access agenda, which is driving increased participation and attainment rates for students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

“Our 2024 graduations see an increase in our First Nations students and the hosting of the Indigenous National Games on our campus.

“Uplifting research output and fostering the next generation of brilliant academics has been another strong focus of mine, and I’m optimistic about the future of our research capabilities with so many talented and bright minds calling UOW home.

“I am so excited about our increasing research output, philanthropic income, and rise in rankings not just for research but teaching.

“UOW ranked #7 in the inaugural Australian Financial Review’s Best Universities Ranking which includes five key dimensions: student satisfaction, research performance, global reputation, career impact and equity and access.”

The former UOW nursing student and Wollongong Hospital nurse was appointed vice-chancellor and UOW president in 2021. A former Dean of Nursing at the prestigious John Hopkins University in the US, she became UOW’s first female vice-chancellor.

In her letter to staff, Prof Davidson said she was excited about what the future would bring, including having more time to continue her research into the care of people living with chronic and complex conditions.

“I’m looking forward to contributing to my alma mater as a committed alumna and celebrating our 50th birthday,” she said.

“Most importantly, I wish the very best for UOW and I will always be an enthusiastic cheerleader.

“I would like to thank all my colleagues for their support and all of their hard work, especially during the recent climate crises and the pandemic.”

UOW will soon start a national and international search for a new Vice-Chancellor and President.

Original Article published by Jen White on Region Illawarra.

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