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After six years in the top job, Professor Tom Kompas has stepped down as Crawford School Director.
Professor Kompas has been replaced by Crawford School’s Professor Bob Breunig, who will be Acting Director while the University undertakes a recruitment process.
Professor Kompas said that he had enjoyed his time as Director of Asia and the Pacific’s leading public policy school, and thanked staff, students and stakeholders for their help in creating the School as it is today.
“It has been my great honour to serve as Director, and I’m very proud of how far the School has come in that time,” he said.
“The School’s achievements, of course, are shared achievements. We would not have been able to get where were are now without the talents and hard work of our academic and professional staff, or without the quality and community of our graduate students. It’s truly a great school.”
Although he has stepped down as Director, Professor Kompas will continue with his Crawford association. He will still lead the Australian Centre for Biosecurity and Environmental Economics (ACBEE) and support the Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies journal, the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society and Policy Forum.net
Professor Kompas said he was leaving the leadership of the School in good hands.
“Bob will excel in this new role, bringing new energy and ideas, and I end my term as Director knowing the school is in very capable hands,” he said.
Acting Director Professor Bob Breunig thanked his predecessor for his contribution the school.
“Tom has made an incredible contribution to the School over a long time. The whole school and I thank him for everything he’s done and wish him all the very best for the future.
“I’m very excited about taking on the Acting Director role and know that I have very big shoes to fill in doing so.”
A celebration of Professor Kompas’ term as Director of the School is being organised and staff, students and stakeholders will be notified of the details soon.