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Vice-Chancellor, Western Sydney University

Professor Barney Glover commenced as the Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University on 1 January 2014. He is also the Chair of Universities Australia.

Professor Glover is an accomplished academic leader and experienced Vice-Chancellor. Previously Vice-Chancellor at Charles Darwin University from 2009 to 2013, he has a long record of success in university management and leadership, particularly in research, intellectual property management and major capital development projects.

Professor Glover also has significant business leadership credentials through membership on the boards of a range of corporate organisations and several state and national centres covering areas such as health and medical research, energy, mineral exploration and processing and telecommunications.

Before relocating to the Northern Territory in 2009 Professor Glover was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research at the University of Newcastle. Prior to this, he held several positions at Perth's Curtin University of Technology including Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Development. He has a strong research publication record and has co-authored four texts in mathematics education. Before his appointment at Curtin Professor Glover held a number of positions at the University of Ballarat in Victoria.

Building research infrastructure, strategic partnerships and fostering a culture of research excellence were hallmarks of Professor Glover's tenure in senior executive roles at CDU, the University of Newcastle and Curtin University of Technology.

He has demonstrated a deep commitment to widening participation and exploring innovative approaches to higher education access throughout his career. Professor Glover is a leader in the development of flexible, technology-based learning and in furthering Indigenous knowledge and education. He also has considerable experience in developing strong and mutually beneficial relationships with the vocational education sector.

Professor Glover holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and has worked on both the east and west coasts of Australia.

Professor Glover has been a member of numerous boards including:

Chair, Innovative Research Universities (IRU), 2013
Board member, National ICT Australia (NICTA), 2010-2013
Board member, Menzies School of Health Research, , 2009-2013
Board member, Charles Darwin University Foundation, 2009-2013
Board member, Business Higher Education Round Table (BHERT), 2009-
Board member, Education Services Australia (ESA), 2012-
Chair, Rare Voices Australia, 2012-
Member, Regional Development Australia NT, 2012-2013
Chair, NT Branch, Australia Indonesia Business Council, 2010-2013


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    Vice-Chancellor, Western Sydney University