Professor Lo leaves ANU on a high

Chair of Academic Board, Professor Jacqueline Lo, will finish her stellar career at The Australian National University (ANU) in March 2020, taking up the role of Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) at the University of Adelaide.

In her new role, Professor Lo will drive Adelaide’s international strategy, partnerships and engagement.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said Professor Lo has had a long and impressive tenure at ANU, including serving two terms as Chair of Academic Board.

"As leader of our academic governance, Jacquie has expanded the role and remit of the Board, helped maintain our unwavering commitment to academic freedom, and provided a platform for robust debate and discussion within the Board itself," he said.

"Jacquie has combined leadership responsibilities with scholarly output, and is a globally recognised humanities scholar and pioneer of Asian Australian studies.

"We will miss Jacquie, but I wish to express publicly the great contribution she has made to ANU as a leader and a researcher. As she leaves us to take on exciting new responsibilities in Adelaide, Jacquie goes with our gratitude and our warmest good wishes."

During her time at ANU, Professor Lo also served for nine years as the Executive Director of the ANU Centre for European Studies.

Under her leadership, the Centre has strengthened links to Europe and delivered a wide range of research activities in partnership with the European Union

She has also served as Head of the then School of Cultural Inquiry and Associate Dean International in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Dean Professor Rae Frances, said: "Professor Jacquie Lo has made an outstanding contribution to the College of Arts and Social during her time at ANU in many leadership roles.

"She has made an extraordinary contribution to the international profile of CASS and the ANU more generally.

"I have been especially appreciative of her energetic and considered input to the CASS Executive during my time as Dean and wish her the very best for the new challenges at the University of Adelaide."

In addition to her leadership roles, Professor Lo has forged a formidable research path during her time at ANU.

A globally recognised humanities scholar and pioneer of Asian Australian studies, Professor Lo’s work on multiculturalism, migration and public policy has influenced academic and policy sectors in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Reflecting on her time at ANU, Professor Lo said she had many proud moments and achievements.

"But one of the proudest is leading Academic Board’s affirmation of our core principles of academic freedom, academic autonomy, and freedom of expression," she said.

"More personally, it’s seeing my students and colleagues progress with passion and integrity in their careers.

"ANU is built on the talents and commitment of its diverse community. I have been lucky to have had inspiring mentors, supportive colleagues and fabulously challenging students.

"It’s people and the culture that we create together that matters in the end!"

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