Uni hunts for new leader after controversy

The University of Adelaide is looking for a new vice-chancellor.
The University of Adelaide is looking for a new vice-chancellor.

The University of Adelaide has begun a global search for its next vice-chancellor and president following the controversial resignation of Peter Rathjen.

Mr Rathjen resigned amid a recent investigation by the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption which ultimately found he inappropriately touched, hugged and kissed two female employees in unwanted and unwelcome sexual behaviour.

The inquiry also criticised university management for not referring the original complaints from the two women to the University Council, its governing body,

University Chancellor Catherine Branson says a comprehensive local and international search for leading candidates is underway in the search for Mr Rathjen's replacement.

"We want a leader who will inspire our students to achieve their full potential, our staff to teach and undertake research at the highest level, and our alumni to feel increasingly proud of their alma mater," she said in a statement.

"Our next leader must be forward-thinking, collegiate and values-driven, embracing equality and diversity."

As part of the process, all staff and students were invited to rank the selection criteria for the new vice-chancellor and to provide written feedback, with 720 staff and students completing the survey.

A shortlist of candidates is due to be finalised in December, with interviews in January 2021.

Acting Vice-Chancellor and President Mike Brooks will continue in the role until an appointment is made.

Australian Associated Press