Holmesglen names new CEO

Educational development leader Faraone replaces longtime chief Mackenzie
The board of Victoria’s largest TAFE institute has announced Mary Faraone as its new CEO.
The Holmesglen Institute board made the appointment following a search that attracted applications from interstate and overseas. 
Holmesglen chair Peter Lewinsky said, “Mary is a proven leader who has already demonstrated a strong passion for the institute and the educational welfare of its students.”
Lewinsky said that during Faraone’s time as executive director for educational development, she has led the institute’s teaching and learning, as well as securing a number of national and international commercial projects.
As the newly appointed CEO, Faraone said she planned to build on the legacy of her predecessor, Bruce Mackenzie, and lead the institute in its next phase as a contemporary tertiary provider. 
“It’s an absolute privilege to lead Holmesglen’s staff and students,” Faraone said. “It’s a big job, and a challenging time for those working in the TAFE sector. I look forward to the task, in particular ensuring Holmesglen’s quality education is available to all.
“At the core, what is needed is educational leadership, albeit in a commercial environment. As CEO, I will ensure that the organisation continues to survive and thrive, and [ensure that critical] stakeholders feel they are key components of the organisation’s continued success.”
She added, “I have great respect for Holmesglen’s past and intend to build on the success and create a new era.”
After more than 30 years at the helm, Mackenzie announced his retirement from the position in April this year, effective from October 1. “The board has chosen the best person to continue Holmesglen’s unrivalled leadership in the Australian TAFE sector,” the former CEO said. 

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