Professor Deborah Terry was appointed Curtin University’s Vice-Chancellor in February 2014. She is currently Chair of Universities Australia and a Fellow and past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA). She is also a member of the Australian Research Council Advisory Council, Committee for Perth Board, St Hilda’s Anglican School Council, Australia and New Zealand School of Government Board and Australia's Academic and Research Network Board, and a past Chair of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts in the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences.
Professor Terry completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the Australian National University in Canberra. She had a distinguished career at the University of Queensland, initially as an internationally recognised scholar in psychology, before progressing through a number of senior leadership roles, including Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. She was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO), the country’s highest honours system for achievement and service, in June 2015 for distinguished service to education in the tertiary sector.