New Director

07 June 2016

ANU has appointed Professor Helen Sullivan as the next Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy.

Professor Sullivan will join ANU from the University of Melbourne, where she is Professor and Director of the Melbourne School of Government. Prior to establishing the Melbourne School of Government, Professor Sullivan was Professor and Director of the Centre for Public Policy at Melbourne.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said Professor Sullivan has also held leadership roles in the United Kingdom, and is an internationally-recognised expert in democratic accountability and the evaluation of government policy. She is an award-winning researcher who is widely cited in the public policy field.

“Professor Sullivan will lead Crawford School of Public Policy through its next phase of development as a leading source of knowledge and influence for public policy in Australia, our region and the world,” Professor Schmidt said.

“The Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Professor Veronica Taylor, and I believe Professor Sullivan will be a transformative leader for Crawford School.

“She will help us build our reputation as an Asia-Pacific leader in policy research, design and analysis, while providing outstanding education and training for policy leaders of our nation and our region.

“On behalf of the University, I congratulate Professor Sullivan on her appointment and look forward to welcoming her to the ANU community later this year.

“I’d also like to express my thanks to Acting Director of the Crawford School, Professor Robert Breunig, who has been a very effective in sustaining the operational strength of Crawford over the past year.”

Professor Breunig will continue in this role until Professor Sullivan’s arrival later this year.

Professor Sullivan said she was looking forward to her new role.

“Crawford School is an internationally renowned public policy institution with expertise across a broad range of research areas and I am delighted to become part of such a diverse and vibrant community of scholars,” Professor Sullivan said.

“I am privileged to be asked to lead the School at such an exciting time for public policy in the University. That the ANU has identified public policy as one of its key priorities demonstrates the importance it attaches to its research and teaching making a difference to the world.”

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