24th September 2018

Exeter College alumna Professor Carolyn Evans to lead Griffith University


Professor Carolyn Evans (image: University of Melbourne)

Professor Carolyn Evans (1995, Law) has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. We believe this makes her the first female graduate of Exeter College to head a university. She will lead Griffith University from 2019 as that University’s fifth Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Evans is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Graduate) at the University of Melbourne. She joined the University of Melbourne in 2000 and during her time there served for over six years as Dean of Melbourne Law School, one of the top ten law schools worldwide.

Professor Evans, a Rhodes Scholar, completed her DPhil in Law at Exeter College, Oxford, where she was a Stipiendiary Lecturer in Law for two years before joining the Law faculty at Melbourne, her undergraduate alma mater.

Professor Evans paid tribute to the University of Melbourne: “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work for the University…I have greatly enjoyed my time at the University of Melbourne, which has provided me with outstanding opportunities and support. I also look forward to my new role at Griffith and to continuing to build on its culture of innovation, interdisciplinarity and excellence.”

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said that the appointment of Professor Evans to the new role was the “best possible recognition” of her capabilities.

“Carolyn Evans is an outstanding choice to lead Griffith University,” said Professor Davis. “She has vision, courage and intelligence in abundance.

“Professor Evans has contributed to the University of Melbourne in every role she had held, from outstanding Professor of Law, to Dean and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. She has been an integral part of the leadership team, adding greatly to strategy and institutional direction.

“Equally importantly, Carolyn is a highly capable and skilled senior leader in her own right, who excels whatever the challenge. She will be missed greatly.”

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