Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt announced the appointment of Professor Saul Cunningham as the Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society in the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, this afternoon.
He noted that, Professor Cunningham has an outstanding record of research and leadership in the environmental area and was most recently Principle Research Scientist with CSIRO Land and Water. Furthermore, he is a recognised international expert in biodiversity and has worked extensively on understanding the impact of humans on the natural environment.
With its focus on multidisciplinary approaches to finding solutions to the big environmental problems facing society, Professor Cunningham is ideally placed to lead the Fenner School.
Professor Cunningham will take up the role in January 2017, succeeding Professor Steve Dovers, who is stepping down after completing his second term as School Director.
Professor Dovers has been the Director of the School since 2009. He has been an outstanding leader, establishing a culture of collegiality and interdisciplinary research that helped the school establish a global reputation for its high-quality environmental research.
Professor Schmidt urged the University to please join him in congratulating Professor Cunningham on his appointment.