International academic appointed Dean of Business at Notre Dame

13 August 2019

Professor Catherine Whelan, a distinguished academic with 16 years at one of the top business schools in the south of the USA has been appointed Dean of the School of Business, Sydney, at The University of Notre Dame Australia.

Professor Whelan replaces Professor Michael Quinlan, who has served as Acting Dean of the School of Business and has now returned to his role as Dean of Law.

The former Professor of Accounting at the Georgia College & State University (GCSU), Professor Whelan served in a number of executive roles since joining the University in 2003 including Presiding Officer of the University Senate and Interim Associate Dean of the College of Business. She was Chair of the Department of Accounting for the past 11 years.

GCSU has earned a reputation as one of the top universities in southern USA and ranked fifth among 148 universities in the region in the categories of Most Innovative Schools and Best Undergraduate Teaching. GCSU’s Business School is also highly rated and is ranked among the top eight of 105 Business Schools in the region.

Among other academic achievements, Professor Whelan was a Fellow with the American Council on Education from 2014-15 and has published studies in corporate governance, financial reporting, fraud detection, financial analysis and the use of technology in business education.

A graduate in finance from Macquarie University, she also holds a Graduate Diploma in Education from the Queensland University of Technology and a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Accounting from Bond University. She served as a Postgraduate fellow and Instructor at Bond for six years before completing her PhD and moving to the US to join the faculty at GCSU.

“Professor Whelan is an outstanding academic, with a wealth of experience in teaching, administration, leadership, and academic governance,” said Professor Margot Kearns, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic.

“Her international experience, in particular, will greatly benefit our students in their understanding of the global marketplace.”

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