Appointment of new Deputy Vice Chancellor for Broome Campus

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 30-3-2009

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



The Vice Chancellor of The University of Notre Dame Australia, Professor Celia Hammond, announced the appointment of Professor Lyn Henderson-Yates as Deputy Vice Chancellor for the University’s Broome Campus.

Professor Henderson-Yates is an Aboriginal woman from the Shadforth family in Derby in the Kimberley.

Working in the education sector, specifically in Aboriginal Education for the past 31 years, Lyn has been employed as an Aboriginal teaching assistant, primary school teacher, deputy principal, education officer, Aboriginal studies consultant, researcher, writer, lecturer and manager.

Some of her career highlights include working at Holy Rosary School, Derby, Clontarf Aboriginal College, Perth and the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University of Technology.

In 2006, she returned to the Kimberley to take up an Associate Professorship at Notre Dame Broome Campus as Assistant Dean in the School of Arts & Sciences and Director of Nulungu Centre for Indigenous Studies.

Lyn's teaching and research work include Aboriginal history, education, identity and oral history. The unanimous decision of the selection committee received the full support of the Chancellor, Professor Michael Quinlan and Trustees of the University.

The Vice Chancellor said: “I am extremely confident that Lyn will lead the Campus in the wonderful way of her predecessor, Sister Sonia Wagner sgs, and that the Broome Campus will thrive under her leadership.”

Professor Henderson-Yates will commence in the position at the end of March.

She said that she is very honoured to be appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Campus.

“Having worked on the Broome Campus for the past three years I remain very excited and passionate about the teaching, research and community work we are engaged in throughout the Kimberley and further afield.

“I look forward to working alongside the many experienced and talented staff on the Campus and staff on the Fremantle and Sydney Campus.”

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