The past Deans of the Bond Business School have each left notable contributions to the history of the faculty. Although a fairly young university, the progression of the school’s program offerings and achievements has been diverse and significant at the hands of these strong leaders.
Professor Steven Johnson was the Foundation Dean of the School of Business and Law at Bond University. Steve was a graduate in Business from the University of Wisconsin and in Law from the University of Washington. Appointed in August 1988, Steve Johnson tragically drowned in a flooded creek on the morning of 26 April 1989 just prior to the commencement of the first semester of teaching at Bond University in May 1989. Bond remembers Professor Johnson by the presentation of the Steven Johnson Memorial Medal which is awarded at the first graduation ceremony each year to a student who is graduating at that ceremony or who graduated in either of the preceding trimesters and obtained the highest level of achievement. The medal is only awarded if there is a graduate of sufficient merit.
Professor Ken Moores came to Bond in 1988 - a founding academic member of the University - initially undertaking responsibilities as Professor of Accounting. He was appointed Dean following the death of Professor Johnson and later served as Associate Dean. Professor Moores was appointed Vice Chancellor and President in 1997. After 25 years of service at Bond University, including six years as Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Moores retired in April 2012. During his six years at the helm, Professor Moores was instrumental in securing ownership of the Bond campus in the name of the University and laid the foundations for much of the University’s on-going success. He then opted to return to academic life by resuming his role as Founding Director of Bond’s Australian Centre for Family Business (which he established in 1994) and continued his active research in the field as a Professor in the School of Business. Professor Moores maintains his ties with Bond University as an Emeritus Professor appointed in 2012.
Professor Ashley Goldsworthy was Dean of the School of Business from March 1991 until September 1997. Professor Goldsworthy had an extensive background as a company director and corporate chief executive. He was the Managing Director and CEO of Jennings Group Ltd and Suncorp Building Society and a deputy to the CEO of the Queensland State Government Insurance Office (all billion dollar corporations) following a period as Director of Economic statistics for the Federal Government. During his tenure as Dean, he was Chairman of the Centre for International Research on Communication and Information Technologies (CIRCIT). He chaired the taskforce commissioned by the Minister for Industry, John Moore, to provide advice to the Government on the strategic development of IT industries.
Professor Ray Byron served as Dean of the School of Business from December 1997 until December 2000. Professor Byron was trained at LSE and came to Bond from Australian National University, Canberra. Professor Byron was instrumental in paving the way for an alliance with a South African higher education provider to establish a postgraduate MBA, with Bond University providing the entire curriculum, to fill a high demand for tertiary education places in South Africa and aimed at students who wanted a high quality education in business and commerce studies. Professor Byron was a prolific researcher in the area of Econometrics. He was also known for his research into Grange Hermitage wines undertaking research to establish if the variation in Grange could be explained by climatic factors. Professor Byron was awarded an Emeritus Professorship in 2005.
Professor David Goodwin was appointed Dean of the School of Business in December 2000 until April 2003. Dr Goodwin’s qualifications include PhD from University of Adelaide, FCPA, CA. He did his BBS (Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in accounting and finance) from Massey University, New Zealand, where he won the university prize for his overall performance in corporate and management accounting. Later, he completed his MBA (Master of Business Administration) from University of Otago, New Zealand. His primary teaching areas are management accounting and management control. His interest in these teaching areas arose during his twenty years of corporate experience that was gained before joining academia. In this time he served in the roles of Management Accountant, Systems Accountant, and Company Secretary. He is also an active researcher and has published many papers.
Professor Garry Marchant was Dean, Faculty of Business, from October 2004 until May 2005. Professor Marchant began his academic career at the University of Texas at Austin before working for INSEAD in Fontainebleau in France and as the Deputy Dean of Economics and Commerce at the University of Melbourne. He believed that Bond University needed to move far more into research endeavours rather than simply relying upon its reputation for excellence in teaching undergraduates. His expertise was within the areas of performance measurement and evaluation, strategy implementation, cost management and the use of accounting information for strategic decision making. One of the innovations introduced by Professor Marchant was the establishment of a School of Sustainable Development within the Faculty of Business. In May 2005 Professor Marchant was appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost of Bond University, a role which was created by the then Vice Chancellor in response to the continuing strong growth of the University in an increasingly complex and competitive industry.
In August 2005, Professor Earl joined the Faculty of Business as Deputy Dean. Qualified as a quantity surveyor in England, he worked extensively across regional Australia in construction in the 1970s and 1980s before undertaking his doctorate at QUT in the area of sustainable and affordable housing. Professor Earl’s appointment took Bond into a whole new area of expertise in sustainable development, real estate and construction studies. Professor Earl is one of Australia’s most respected authorities in the field of property development and economics. He came to Bond with more than 20 years’ experience as a construction economist and property development manager working in the UK, Australia, and the Pacific region. Professor George Earl served as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Business from May 2008 until August 2009. In November 2010, the Institute of Sustainable Development & Architecture separated from the Faculty of Business to become an independent entity. Professor Earl was appointed as Founding Director of the Institute. The Institute comprised Bond University’s Soheil Abedian School of Architecture and the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development which experienced remarkable growth and success following its establishment in 2006. The vision of the Institute was to combine teaching excellence with practical experience to deliver top class sustainability graduates.
Bond University appointed Professor Mark Hirst as Dean of the Bond Business School in 2010. Professor Hirst joined Bond from the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales where he held the position of Professor of Management. He had previously held a number of senior positions at the Australian Graduate School of Management. Upon his appointment Professor Hirst said that he was looking forward to the challenge of emphasising consistency around Bond’s core teaching and research activities and working with others to create an environment where people will choose to work and learn at Bond. His key priorities were to reinforce Bond's competitive strength around teaching and in so doing provide consistency in direction and values. He was also keen to reinforce the focus on quality research and support aspirations to enhance the number of faculty who are research active. Professor Hirst oversaw the finalisation of the School’s accreditation with the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), this being the preeminent academic accreditation body for business schools and whose recognition confirmed Bond’s position as one of the leading business schools in Australia. During his appointment he also oversaw the finalisation of the School’s EQUIS accreditation. Less than 2% of the world’s 13,000 business programs are EQUIS accredited and Bond Business School is one of only eight in Australia to have dual EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.