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Words by Emma Vlatko

Macquarie University is on the look out for a new Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) Provost, as Professor Judyth Sachs announced she would not be returning to the position at the end of her sabbatical.

In a statement on the university website, Sachs thanked her colleagues, both professional and academic. “We are now more agile, contemporary and competitive in our teaching and learning,” she said, “I have been fortunate to be a part of the Macquarie family, and its journey towards high international recognition and standing.”

Before taking up the position of Provost in December 2006, Sachs held various positions at universities around the world. She’s also been the author of numerous books, articles and speeches, all on the subject of education and teaching. Overall, Sachs’ work has contributed greatly to the improvement of institutionalised education throughout Australia.

In her time at Macquarie, Sachs has been responsible for the implementation of a new academic structure and the development of a new undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum. However, to students, perhaps the most obvious change overseen by Sachs was the introduction of the three Ps (People, Planet and PACE). In her farewell speech, this achievement was described as “a strong foundation that differentiates” Macquarie from other universities.

In a statement released just hours after the announcement, Macquarie Vice Chancellor Professor Bruce Dowton, thanked Sachs for her “many contributions” to the university. “I wish her well, and look forward to her success in future endeavours, which I anticipate will be equally as impressive.”

Judyth Sachs is confident her successor will inherit an “academic culture of excellence”. Dowton admits they’re not ready to move on just yet.

“I will undertake a short period of reflection on the substantial and wide-ranging portfolio of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Provost),” he stated, “before the search for a successor begins.”

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