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Re­becca Ling­wood has joined Brunel Univer­sity Lon­don as its first provost. Pro­fes­sor Ling­wood, who was pre­vi­ously vi­ceprin­ci­pal for ed­u­ca­tion and pro­fes­sor of fluid dy­nam­ics at Queen Mary Univer­sity of Lon­don, will be re­spon­si­ble for Brunel’s aca­demic strat­egy and will also deputise for vice-chan­cel­lor Ju­lia Buck­ing­ham. At Queen Mary, Pro­fes­sor Ling­wood led the in­tro­duc­tion of the “QMUL Model”, which put a per­son­alised credit-bear­ing strand fo­cus­ing on so­ci­etal im­pact into ev­ery un­der­grad­u­ate pro­gramme. “Re­becca’s dis­tin­guished track record in both ed­u­ca­tion and re­search, her com­mit­ment to Brunel’s unique aca­demic mis­sion and her ev­i­dent fu­ture po­ten­tial all po­si­tion her to suc­ceed in what is a crit­i­cal lead­er­ship role,” Pro­fes­sor Buck­ing­ham said.

Charles R. Martinez Jr has been named the next dean of the Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Texas at Austin. Pro­fes­sor Martinez, who will also hold the Lee Hage Ja­mail Re­gents chair in ed­u­ca­tion and the Sid W. Richard­son Re­gents chair, is cur­rently Philip H. Knight pro­fes­sor in the de­part­ment of ed­u­ca­tional method­ol­ogy, pol­icy and lead­er­ship at the Univer­sity of Ore­gon. Pro­fes­sor Martinez, who will join UT Austin in Jan­uary, also served as Ore­gon’s vice-pres­i­dent for in­sti­tu­tional equity and di­ver­sity from 2005 to 2011. “Charles’ schol­ar­ship, ex­ten­sive pol­icy ex­per­tise and proven suc­cess as a univer­sity ad­min­is­tra­tor make him poised to build upon its suc­cess and lead the col­lege as it adapts to the chang­ing land­scape of ed­u­ca­tion and health,” said Mau­rie McIn­nis, UT Austin’s ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent.

Lawrence Abeln will join Richmond, the Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity in Lon­don, as its new pres­i­dent next month. He was pre­vi­ously dean of the School of Man­age­ment at the Asian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Bangkok and, be­fore that, dean of the Univer­sity of Ade­laide Business School.

Peter Smailes has been ap­pointed as vice-pres­i­dent, finance and op­er­a­tions, at the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia. He pre­vi­ously held the role on an in­terim ba­sis and served as the in­sti­tu­tion’s trea­surer be­fore that.

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