Mark Cassidy has been appointed dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering. Professor Cassidy, currently a professor of civil engineering and director of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems at the University of Western Australia, will take up the post in July. Carolyn Evans, acting vice-chancellor of the University of Melbourne, said that Professor Cassidy would bring knowledge and expertise to the faculty as it prepares to move to a new campus. “We are confident that he will bring the vision, drive and commitment to excellence to lead during this exciting time,” she said.
Jenny Baxter, a former divisional chief operating officer and major programme director for the BBC, has been appointed chief operating officer at the University of East Anglia. Ms Baxter will oversee professional services at the institution and will be tasked with helping to deliver its 2030 Plan. David Richardson, UEA’s vice-chancellor, said that Ms Baxter’s “impressive track record of managing major change programmes and experience of digital transformation is a real strength as we look to build on UEA’s recent successes”.
Bill Anderson has been named group chief executive of the £413 million Cambridge Assessment, the examinations arm of the University of Cambridge. Mr Anderson
– who will start at Cambridge Assessment on 5 March – joins from the education company Pearson. His last role was senior vice-president (product), where he led the product and product technology teams.
Scott Ford has been named associate vice-president of new business development at the University of Notre Dame. He has held a number of senior roles in the public and private sectors in South Bend, Indiana.
James Baker has been named chief executive of Graphene@Manchester, which leads business-facing development of graphene and 2D materials at the University of Manchester. He was previously graphene business director at the university’s National Graphene Institute.