PROFESSOR Eeva Leinonen has been formally unveiled as Murdoch University Vice Chancellor after her investiture earlier this month.
The ceremony was officiated by WA Governor Kerry Sanderson and attended by high-ranking representatives from each of the state’s universities.
Professor Leinonen joined Murdoch in April and the investiture ceremony formally grants her the authority and symbols of high office.
Governor Sanderson said Murdoch had found a leader with an international pedigree and depth of experience in education and innovation.
“What has struck me since meeting Professor Leinonen is how well she fits into the local psyche,” she said.
“Her resolve is almost palpable; her commitment to innovation real. Murdoch’s new Vice Chancellor is also passionate about education and its potential to change lives for the better.
“These are all hallmarks of success in this part of the world, and I am confident she will make a remarkable Vice Chancellor.”
Immediately prior to joining Murdoch, Prof Leinonen was Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic at the University of Wollongong where she worked to improve educational outcomes, learning and teaching, community participation and the overall student experience.
Prof Leinonen said that Murdoch resonated closely with the original sentiments of the university, as a place characterised by idealism, thoughtfulness and, above all, humour.
“Doing something differently, breaking free from the known and taking bold steps is what universities are and should be about. Not accepting convention is a key to creativity and innovation,” she said.