Professor Renée Leon

Vice-Chancellor, Charles Sturt University

Ms Renee Leon is the new Vice-Chancellor of Charles Sturt University. In her new role, Ms Leon will target skills shortages, particularly in the IT field, and opportunities to commercialise research.

Ms Leon graduated from the Australian National University with a double degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours. In 1995, she was awarded the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law, leading to a Masters in Law from Cambridge University. From 2006 to 2009, Leon held the position of Chief Executive of the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety. She served as Deputy Secretary in the Attorney-General’s Department and in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from May 2009 to September 2013. She was awarded a Public Service Medal in June 2013 for outstanding public service to public administration and law in leadership roles in the Australian Capital Territory and the Commonwealth. She has served on the Boards of the Australian Institute of Criminology, the National Australia Day Council, and the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency, and was a member of the Council of the Order of Australia. In September 2013, Ms Leon was appointed Secretary of the newly established Department of Employment. As a former head of the federal department of employment, Ms Leon, believes universities can play an important role in preparing students for the job market and by addressing labour force needs, including those in the IT, health and aged care sectors.