Murdoch University head quits right after being referred to corruption watchdog

Murdoch University’s suspended vice chancellor, Richard Higgott, has resigned from his position at the university, and from academic administration.

The 65-12 months-old had been suspended on full pay given that final month when the university referred him to the West Australian Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) following an inner investigation.

“Professor Higgott’s vision and leadership in refocusing Murdoch into a globally recognised study-led university is a legacy for which he will be justifiably recognised,” Murdoch’s chancellor, David Flanagan, said, announcing Higgott’s resignation on Friday.

Prof Andrew Taggart will continue in the acting vice chancellor part.

The university senate had referred Higgott to the CCC right after an inner investigation. It has not distinct the nature any alleged misdemeanours.

Flanagan stated the university had faced a hard time and would proceed to encounter a period of alter.

“Over the next few years Murdoch is going to go through a period of alter and growth that will existing a lot of challenges along the way,” he explained.

“But as a senate we are convinced that this successful transition represents the greatest possibility of attaining the professional and academic recognition and financial strength that Murdoch deserves.”

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