The Australian National University (ANU) has appointed Professor Sally Wheeler OBE as the new Dean of the ANU College of Law.
Professor Wheeler has been at Queen’s University Belfast since 2004, where she recently served a five-year term as Head of the School of Law and led the Institute of Governance for five years to 2010.
She has also served as Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science and latterly as University’s Interim Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise.
Prior to her appointment in Belfast, Professor Wheeler held notable positions in Law at both the University of Leeds, and at Birkbeck, University of London. She was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 2013, and she received an OBE for Services to Higher Education in Northern Ireland in New Years Honours List for 2017.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC said he was delighted that Professor Wheeler will be joining ANU.
“Sally Wheeler has proven track records in academic leadership and the field of law, she is the ideal person to lead the ANU College of Law into the next period of its history,” Professor Schmidt said.
He also paid tribute to Professor Stephen Bottomley who is stepping down from the position of Dean after serving in the position since 2013.
“Professor Bottomley has led the College with great distinction and integrity,” he said.
"His strategic leadership has put the College in a strong position to further build on its reputation as one of Australia’s leading law schools.”
Professor Wheeler, who will take up the position in January 2018, said she was sad to be leaving Queen’s but very much looking forward to taking up the position at the ANU College of Law.
“I feel proud and privileged to be joining ANU and the College of Law. During my career I have often visited Australia and I have always been made to feel very welcome,” Professor Wheeler said.
“The ANU College of Law is one of the top law schools in the world, with some fantastic scholars working across a wide range of legal fields.
“It will be my privilege to join this academic legal community both as Dean and as a scholar.”