Expert administrator to lead Uni of Adelaide operations

Friday, 12 September 2014

A leading university administrator with significant finance and change management experience has been appointed as the University of Adelaide's Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President (Services and Resources).

Mr Bruce Lines, currently Vice-President, Operations, at the University of Canberra, will commence in the role on 1 December 2014.

"The Chief Operating Officer role is fundamental to our organisation's success," said Professor Warren Bebbington, Vice-Chancellor and President. "It's a challenging time for the sector and maintaining the University's operations across all portfolios - from finance and IT to marketing and human resources - is critical.

"Mr Lines has long experience and strong management skills to help us ensure the University of Adelaide is well-placed to respond to the changing higher education landscape," he said.

The University of Adelaide has 26,000 students, over 4000 staff and an annual turnover in excess of $950 million. It was recently ranked among the top 200 institutions in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (AWRU) 2014.

Mr Lines said he was looking forward to working at a sandstone, Group of Eight university in South Australia.

"I grew up in Adelaide so it's wonderful to be returning for such a great opportunity," said Mr Lines. "The University of Adelaide has earned an enviable reputation internationally and has set out a clear and unique vision for the future. I am delighted to soon be part of that story."

Mr Lines has significant experience in university finance, property, IT, HR, student administration and planning. Presently Vice-President, Operations, at the University of Canberra, he began his career in higher education at the University of Queensland, where he performed a number of policy and academic administration roles.

He holds postgraduate qualifications in public policy and business administration from the University of Canberra and Deakin University and was awarded a Carrick Institute Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. He is a regular speaker on tertiary education management and has presented papers in Australia and overseas.


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