Discover Avondale University

Who We Are

Avondale University is one of Australia’s newest universities but our history of providing quality higher education that improves lives goes back more than 125 years.

We are known for quality educational experience, with The Good Universities Guide and the federal government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching ranking recognising the excellence of our courses and graduates.

Our courses are distinctive because of the quality of teaching and student experience, including opportunities for placements and practical experience embedded within our courses. This combination of practice with knowledge delivers work-ready graduates.

Established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1897, we are proud of our pioneering heritage and we have changed with the times to offer highly regarded courses in nursing, teaching, business, ministry and theology, arts, counselling, lifestyle medicine and other areas. We welcome students from all faiths and walks of life and create opportunities that build on their aspirations, values and capabilities.

Today, thousands of Avondale alumni serve their world for good.

You’ll find our campuses in the Lake Macquarie town of Cooranbong, halfway between Newcastle and the Central Coast, and at Sydney Adventist Hospital in Wahroonga on the North Shore of Sydney.

Our Leaders

Professor Kerri-Lee Krause

Matthew Brown
Chief Financial and Operations Officer
Executive Committee Member

Paul Race
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Executive Committee Member

Kalvin Dever
Chief Students and Engagement Officer
Executive Committee Member

Wendy Jackson
Head of School and Senior Lecturer, Avondale Seminary
Executive Committee Member

Jolisa Rabo
People & Culture Manager
Executive Committee Member

Avondale University Council is the governing body of Avondale University. The council is responsible for financial and major policy matters but delegates operational matters to the vice-chancellor. The vice-chancellor is advised by subcommittees of the council, the Academic Board and the Executive Committee.

Avondale University Council
ChairPastor Glenn Townend (7 August 2015 – present)
BA (Theol), MA (Religion)
President, Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific
Director: Ex officio
SecretaryProf Kerri-Lee Krause (6 April 2023 – present)
Avondale University
Director: Ex officio
Assoc Prof Carolyn Rickett (1 April 2022 – present)
DArts, MA, BA(Hons), BEd
Chair, Academic Board
Avondale University
Director: Ex officio
Dr Malcolm Coulson (07 February 2023 – present)
PhD, MA, GradDipT, BAppSc
Director: Appointed by the Members
Chair: People and Culture Subcommittee
Mr Jannie Francois Keet (26 August 2020 – present)
Director: Appointed by the Members
Mr Stephen Jones (08 March 2023 – present)
Director: Appointed by the Members
Mr Todd Saunders (4 March 2014 – present)
BBus (Acc), CPA
Director: Appointed by the Members
Chair: Audit and Risk Subcommittee
Mr Alen-Igor Radonjic (09 March 2023 – present)
LLM, LLB, BBus (Acc), Legal Practitioner QLD
Director: Appointed by the Members
Mr Tim McTernan (07 March 2023 – present)
GradDip (Marketing Management)
Director: Appointed by Council
Dr Deren (Drene) Somasundram (13 February 2024 – present)
BA, MA, DProf
Director: Elected by and from the Avondale University staff
Ms Megan Wilson (28 February 2024 – present)
Director: Elected by and from the undergraduate students of Avondale University
Dr Jean Carter (23 January 2023 – present)
EdD, MA, BEd, DipAcc, DipTch
Director: Appointed by the SDA Church AUC Executive Committee
Recording SecretaryExecutive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor
Avondale University
Meetings 2024: 12 March, 14 May, 9 July, 10 September, 12 November.
Academic Board
Elected by the Academic Board members
Associate Professor Carolyn Rickett
Deputy Chair
Elected by Avondale Research Committee
Ex officio – Director Student Administration Services
Laurel Raethel
Ex Officio Members
Vice-ChancellorProfessor Kerri-Lee Krause
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)Professor Paul Race
Dean, ResearchAssociate Professor Peter Kilgour
Avondale Student Association PresidentElihon Taulapapa
Elected Representatives
Member elected from and by the ProfessoriateProfessor Darren Morton
Elected by Avondale Research CommitteeTBC
Elected by Avondale Learning & Teaching CommitteePr Hensley Gungadoo
School of Arts & BusinessDr Aleta King
School of Education & ScienceMichelle Ralston
School of Ministry & TheologyDr Wendy Jackson
School of Nursing & HealthAssociate Professor Joanne Lewis
Executive Committee
ChairProfessor Kerri-Lee Krause
Avondale University
Mr Matt Brown
Chief Financial and Operations Officer
Avondale University
Professor Paul Race
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Avondale University
Dr Wendy Jackson
Head of School / Senior Lecturer, Avondale Seminary
Avondale University
Jolisa Rabo
People and Culture Manager
Avondale University
Kalvin Dever
Chief Students and Engagement Officer
Avondale University
Recording Secretary
Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor
Avondale University

Registration and Accreditation

Avondale University is a registered higher education provider with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Avondale is authorised to self-accredit its courses.

All of Avondale’s courses are accredited and offered within the terms of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) (HES Framework) and Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Further, Avondale’s Higher Education courses in nursing, teaching, and accounting hold professional accreditation with their respective professional body.

Avondale is registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and is therefore approved to give course offers to overseas students who require student visas to study in Australia and to enrol them if visas are granted.
Avondale is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), and provides a number of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses.

Avondale is accredited as a Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher education by the Adventist Accrediting Association.

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