Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (DVCA) Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, first of her name, announced last week that she will be stepping down from her role on 31 December 2018. Hughes-Warrington has been in the position since 2012.
In a Tumblr post about her resignation, Hughes-Warrington drew similarities to Bilbo Baggins, who vanished on his eleventy- first birthday. She gave reasons for stepping down, to “let new ideas happen and to grow.” ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt subsequently added that Professor Hughes-Warrington had stood down “in order to amplify her research commitments.” Schmidt added that Hughes-Warrington would be taking up a visiting professorship at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich for April 2019, early next year while continuing her research. Hughes-Warrington will stay on at the ANU in the role of Professor of History in the College of Arts and Social Sciences.
As DVCA, Hughes-Warrington has been responsible for defining and maintaining ANU academic standards, improving student experience, and developing the ANU’s global role in research-led education. During her tenure she has overseen projects such as the ANU flexible double degrees, the Kambri redevelopment, and the Admissions, Scholarships and Accommodation project. She has also overseen the return of the ANU Council’s Academic Board,the introduction of the Tuckwell Scholarship program and is the Rhodes Scholarship National Secretary. During her tenure Hughes-Warrington has continued her research and published two books in that time. The first, Revisionist Histories, was published in 2013 and the second, History as Wonder, is due later this year.
ANU Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education) Professor Grady Venville will take on the interim role of Deputy-Vice Chancellor following Hughes-Warrington’s departure while the ANU looks for a permanent replacement. Venville joined the ANU in April 2018 following eleven years at the University of Western Australia, and comes from a science background.
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