Professor Mike Toole, Deputy Director and Head of the Burnet Institute’s Centre for International Health (CIH), has announced his intention to step down from his role as Head of CIH in March 2013 after 17 years.
In announcing his move, Professor Toole said while he would still continue working within the Centre on particular projects and in a mentoring and advisory role, his key focus will be on his role as Deputy Director of the Institute and helping guide it through the next phase of its development.
A key focus of his new role will be the development of strategies to sustain the Institute’s international work in a more financially secure environment.
As Professor Toole will be fulfilling a number of Burnet commitments overseas and taking some long service leave in the coming months, Professor Robert Power and Associate Professor Stanley Luchters will be Acting Co-Heads of the CIH from the end of August until Mike’s return in mid-December.
A period of leadership transition will occur through to Mike’s formal departure from the role in March 2013.
Burnet Institute Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb said he was very positive about the move as it provided the opportunity for the CIH to renew and develop its next generation of leadership talent, at the same time as providing a terrific opportunity for Professor Toole to focus on wider issues of great relevance to the Institute as a whole and its future.
“Mike has performed an outstanding role as the Head of the Centre for many years and has grown and developed the international health work of Burnet to level where it is recognised around the world for its quality of work and contribution to global health,” Professor Crabb said.