UQ Business School welcomes new Head

15 Mar 2010
Professor Iain Watson from the University of Western Australia has been appointed as Academic Dean and Head of School at UQ Business School. Professor Watson - who officially took up his duties recently - brings to the School an outstanding track record of developing strong industry links and partnerships. As a member of the UWA Business School Board, Professor Watson has worked closely with senior industry leaders including Woodside CEO Mr Don Volte, Wesfarmers CEO Mr Richard Goyder, and Ian Ashby, President-Iron Ore at BHP Billiton. Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business Economics and Law Professor Tim Brailsford said Professor Watson was ideally qualified to lead the next stage of UQ Business School's development. He said, "Iain has done an outstanding job at UWA Business School, successfully bringing together two separate schools into a new structure, contributing to a highly successful fundraising campaign that raised upwards of $25,000,000, and overseeing major reviews of the School's Masters and offshore teaching programs." "Our schools have similar histories and ambitions and I am confident that Iain will continue UQ Business School's progress towards its goal of being recognised as one of the world's best business schools." Professor Watson said he was looking forward to the new challenge. He said, "UQ Business School has a great reputation for applied research, high quality teaching, and extensive engagement with business and industry." "I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead UQBS at this exciting time in the School's history. The excellent work of my predecessors Associate Professor Fiona Rohde and Professor Tim Brailsford provides a great platform to launch the next stage in the development of this ambitious school."