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Melbourne appoints new VCA and music heads

The University of Melbourne has appointed two senior staff to help lead the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Music. Associate Professor Su Baker has been appointed director of the VCA, and Professor Gary McPherson director of the Melbourne Conservatorium. Both appointments are effective immediately. The appointments follow the university’s response to a review of the faculty by former Telstra boss Ziggy Switkowski. Baker (pictured) has been head of the School of Art at the VCA for 10 years. She is an exhibiting artist and is highly regarded in research in the creative arts. McPherson has occupied senior music roles in universities in the US, Hong Kong and NSW, and has been the Melbourne University Ormond Professor of Music for the past 12 months. The university will begin an international search for a new dean shortly. In the meantime, deputy vice-chancellor (university affairs) Professor Warren Bebbington will be acting dean. Bebbington was for seven years chair of the Australia Council music committee and was – until 2005 – dean of the former music faculty.

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