Aston University has appointed Professor Alec Cameron, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Western Australia, as its new Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive.
At the same time Professor Helen Higson, currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor, has been appointed Provost and Chief Academic Officer.
Professor Alec Cameron will succeed Professor Dame Julia King, The Baroness Brown of Cambridge, who earlier this year announced plans to stand down on completion of ten years of service.
Dr Paul Golby CBE, Pro-Chancellor at Aston University, said: “Our recruitment campaign attracted a very high calibre of applicants. I am absolutely delighted at Alec Cameron’s appointment. This is a real coup for Aston. He combines leadership talent, boundless energy, business acumen and a strong international outlook. Alec has demonstrated commitment to academic progress and research engagement. He is the perfect match for Aston University.”
I am ambitious to see Aston progress globally in scholarship, teaching and business engagement, accompanied by a continued rise in the rankings
Professor Cameron was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education, at the University of Western Australia in 2013, where he is responsible for leading academic programmes, student recruitment and international engagement, as well as distance learning and online strategies. Prior to this he was President of the Australian Business Deans Council, and the driving force behind the growth of the Australian School of Business.
Professor Cameron has also held senior positions in the IT and Telecomms industries, including Sun Microsystems, Alcatel and Telstra.
Professor Cameron said: “I feel privileged at being given the opportunity to lead Aston University at a time of success, and to showcase the distinctive Aston strategy to an international audience. Aston is renowned for its commitment to graduate employability, applicable research and its engagement with business. It is experiencing record numbers of students, best ever levels of student satisfaction, and is growing its research funding base.
“I will continue the momentum built up by Julia King, and I am ambitious to see Aston progress globally in scholarship, teaching and business engagement, accompanied by a continued rise in the rankings.”
Professor Cameron holds a BSC and a Bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering, a DPhil from Oxford, where he was also a Rhodes Scholar and Rugby Blue, and an MSC in the Management of Technology from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.