Dr Hacket received an honorary doctorate of technology from Curtin following a 33-year career at the university, including seven years as vice-chancellor. She started at Curtin in 1980 and held other significant roles, including dean of international programs (1996-2001), vice-chancellor of international and enterprise, and deputy vice-chancellor.
Significant achievements during her time in leadership positions included the opening of Curtin campuses in Sarawak, Sydney and Singapore, and the creation of the Australian Sustainable Development Institute and Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy.
Curtin chancellor Colin Beckett paid tribute to Dr Hacket’s contribution to the university and the community.
‘Dr Hacket’s outstanding career at Curtin was characterised by her bold vision and sound and ethical leadership,’ he said.
‘The widespread recognition of the university as an important knowledge hub in the region is testimony to the initiatives she led.’