Australian Business Deans Council Appoints New President To Support Business Schools

Professor David Grant.

The Australian Business Deans Council has appointed a new President to represent the country’s 39 university business schools.

The position was awarded to Professor David Grant, who will take over from current ABDC President Professor Tony Travaglione in early 2019.

Professor Grant is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business) at Griffith University and currently holds the position of ABDC Secretary.

He said in the new position, he would continue the ABDC’s work in promoting and maintaining high-quality business education and scholarship in Australia.

“I intend to ramp up the ABDC’s lobbying and advocacy activities and will be seeking to forge stronger links between our member business schools, industry and government,” Professor Grant said.

“ABDC members educate one-third of our domestic university students and graduate more than half of the international tertiary students in Australia.

“International students in our business schools account for more than $5 billion in education export earnings – a significant portion of Australia’s third largest export industry,” he said.

Professor Grant is considered by colleagues and industry associates as an internationally distinguished management scholar with extensive practical experience, and leads Griffith Business School and its associated Research Centres.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.

In earlier roles, Professor Grant was Senior Deputy Dean at UNSW Australia Business School; in senior leadership roles at the University of Sydney Business School including Associate Dean (Undergraduate), Associate Dean (Research), Deputy Dean (Academic) and Co-Dean; and Head of the Department of Management at King’s College, London.

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