Message from the Vice-Chancellor: leadership of Sydney Student

13 March 2013

I'm writing to let you know about some changes to the leadership of the Sydney Student program. As you know, Michael Blumer has recently completed his contract with the University, but I am pleased to be able to tell you that a new program director, Vaughan Stibbard, will begin work on Monday.

Vaughan has a long career in the IT industry, both in Australia and internationally. He was a founding director of Tripoint Corporation, a systems integration company that specialised, among other things, in delivering project, architecture and change management services for application and technical implementations. He has just the skills we need at this critical final stage in the implementation of Sydney Student.

A program like this has different needs at different times. Up to this point, it has been very appropriately under the business sponsorship of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education, Professor Derrick Armstrong, who has done an excellent job of leading this extraordinarily complex project.

Now that we have reached a point where the project's integration with faculty management has become critical, I have decided that a change in project sponsorship is appropriate. Given that Stephen Garton, as Provost, has management responsibility for faculties and has close and ongoing involvement with the faculty managers, I have now asked him to take on the role of business sponsor. This means that the Director, Student Lifecycle Management, Gillian Luck, will report to him. Derrick will continue to chair the Sydney Student board.

I would like to thank Stephen for taking on a significant extra responsibility, and, in particular, I would like to express my gratitude to Derrick for all his hard work on the project to this point. The successful implementation of Sydney Student is critical to the improvement of the student experience, and getting it to this point has been a great achievement.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Spence