Colm Kearney appointed Dean
Professor Colm Kearney was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Business Economics in 2012. Prior to Monash he held a number of very senior roles at Trinity College Dublin, including Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Business, Economics and Social Studies. He also held professorial positions at the University of Western Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney, and served as senior economic consultant to the Federal Treasurer and Finance Ministers during the Hawke-Keating Labor government.
Over nearly six years Professor Kearney made a profound and transformative impact on Monash University’s direction and reputation, successfully guiding one of the most complex faculties in Australia towards a period of unprecedented advancement, modernisation and growth.
The formation of the Monash Business School will remain a singular and enduring legacy of his work at Monash. Established under Colm’s oversight in 2014, the Monash Business School is recognised internationally as a world class centre for education and research excellence, the only school in the Group of Eight to secure “triple crown” accreditation from all three leading accrediting bodies, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
In recent years the Faculty of Business and Economics has undergone a remarkable period of renewal, demonstrated by the recognition it has attained internationally for the excellence of its curriculum and particularly for its research, which in economics has been ranked in the top five in the world. This success is a direct outcome of Colm’s exceptional leadership, which was characterised by his personal warmth and charm, his keen insight, and his ability to share his vision for the Faculty with colleagues and students across the wider community.
Professor Kearney sadly passed away in March 2018. He is remembered for his enthusiasm for innovation, and his seemingly limitless passion for bringing excellence to bear on everything he set out to accomplish.