After an extensive recruitment process, Australia’s largest Indigenous Education initiative, the Stronger Smarter Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of a Dr John Davis as Chief Executive Officer.

Chairman of the board, Dr Chris Sarra was happy to announce Dr Davis as the incumbent CEO. “As the guiding beacon of implementing the Stronger Smarter Approach, it was critical that the decision regarding appointing the Institute’s CEO was not one made in haste,” said Dr Sarra, “John has been acting in this position for some time now and it is a credit to his leadership that the Institute has been able to transform even more schools and continue to develop new tools, strategies and responses to shift the tide of low expectations in Australia”.

Dr Davis has led a distinguished career in a variety of leadership positions at a school, departmental and advisory level. “It is humbling to be recognised by the board and appointed to lead an Institute that grows leaders across the country,” said Dr Davis. “To be chosen to accelerate the Institute into the future and beyond is a great honour for myself and my family”. Dr Davis is continuing where he left off as Chief Research Officer, looking forward to, “weaving with our exceptional team across our national meshwork to ensure sustainability. The Institute is in a position to amplify our reputation as a thought leader not only in school cultural change but emerging fields such as the third cultural space between Indigenous Knowledges and STEM”.

Dr Sarra stated that, “John’s PhD – Durithunga was centred in weaving community, educators and organisations together to achieve sustainable impact. He first started his research journey with us, beginning his Masters (2009) than returns to us having gained his PhD. His ability to negotiate and mediate space for partners in change, positions the Institute well to achieve our purpose of transformative Indigenous Education for all of Australia,” Dr Sarra said.

Dr John Davis will commence as Chief Executive Officer as of today, the 20th of August 2019.

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