Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Annamarie Jagose has announced the appointment of Professor Leisa Sargent to the role of Dean of the University of Sydney Business School, following an extensive competitive international search.
Professor Sargent will join in December from the University of New South Wales, where she is currently the Senior Deputy Dean – Academic, Business School and has been the Co-Deputy Vice-Chancellor Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Leisa brings to this role a unique perspective on managing people and organisational change that is grounded in her internationally recognised scholarship.
"A nationally awarded educator, Leisa’s enthusiasm for transformative educational experiences and educational innovation will support the University’s ambition of delivering a truly outstanding student experience,” said Professor Jagose.
“Leisa has a passion for equity, diversity, and inclusion that she has successfully translated into initiatives with demonstrated impact. Her track record of securing external research funding, philanthropic contributions, and building partnerships both local and international will be invaluable to both the Business School and the broader University.”
“Leisa is committed to forward-looking leadership of the Business School that will enhance our impact for good and build on our distinctive Sydney student experience”, Professor Jagose said.
In accepting her appointment, Professor Sargent said “I am excited to have the opportunity to join this exceptional institution. As we recover from the pandemic and the many challenges that face the higher education sector, including the health and wellbeing of our staff and students, we enter a new era. I am looking forward to working with colleagues to take the Business School from strength to greater strength and fostering an energising and meaningful intellectual climate that re-engages our staff and students with the joys of academic and university life.”