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Professor Ian Clarke

Professor Ian Clarke

CBE Welcomes New Dean, Professor Ian Clarke

23 March 2017

As an alumnus, a former member of the College of Business and Economics (CBE) Advisory Board, and a visiting Fellow at CBE since 2014, Professor Ian Clarke has a unique perspective on life at The Australian National University (ANU).

Ian’s relationship with ANU began with a sense of youthful adventure. Following his graduation from the University of Wales in 1980, he was looking for somewhere to continue his higher degree research. It was then that a former Professor recommended Australia and ANU to Ian.

“I hadn’t been here, but I liked the sound of Australia. I thought, what a fantastic place to do a PhD,” says Professor Clarke.

“It was quite a special place. It was a great mix of scholars from Australia, the Pacific-rim and elsewhere. It was exciting. It was vibrant. It was a fantastic melting pot.”

Little did Ian know it was to be the start of the long-standing relationship with Australia that would lead him back here, thirty years after he completed a PhD in Human Geography, to take-up the position of Dean of CBE until December 2017.

Ian arrives with a great deal of experience. He was Dean of Newcastle University Business School for four years before taking up a position as Dean of the Edinburgh University Business School, and was instrumental in charting their development and achieving triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.

He has held Chairs at Durham and Lancaster, was Chair and President of the British Academy of Management, an Executive of the UK Association of Business Schools, and has been principal investigator on major grants from the UK’s Research Councils, totalling over 1.2 million euros.

During his nine-month appointment at CBE, Professor Clarke aims to build on the existing strengths of the College, which he identifies as its global standing, strong resources, and largely autonomous Research Schools.

“I’m here to help this process, to listen, and to embrace great ideas,” he concluded.

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