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Carnegie Mellon Names Terry Buss
Director of Heinz College Australia
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University has appointed Terry F. Buss as the new executive director of the H. John Heinz III College in Adelaide, Australia, effective May 7. Buss, a distinguished professor of public policy at the school, will succeed Tim Zak, who will return to a teaching position at the university's Pittsburgh campus.
Buss brings more than 30 years of international public service, teaching and research experience to the position. Before joining the Heinz College in 2008, he directed the International, Security and Defense Studies Program at the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, D.C., for five years. Buss also was dean of the School of Policy and Management at Florida International University in Miami, and has held advisory positions with the World Bank, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Information Agency.
"We are pleased to have someone with Terry's breadth of experience to lead Heinz College Australia," said Heinz College Dean Ramayya Krishnan. "We have accomplished much in Adelaide in the past five years, and with Terry's help, we look forward to building on the college's momentum over the coming years."
Zak served as the director of Heinz College Australia since 2007, when Carnegie Mellon was the first international university in Australia. Under Zak's leadership, the college graduated 135 students, delivered approximately 40 courses each year, hosted more than 45 guest speakers and eight visiting scholars, and hired 25 local faculty and staff. Enrollments climbed 20 to 30 percent each year. Heinz College Australia's faculty and students also contributed more than 20,000 hours of pro bono project work in South Australia, including a variety of business and community improvement programs.
"Tim played an important role in creating the foundation for our students to be successful there," Krishnan said. "We thank Tim for his contributions in Australia and look forward to welcoming him back to our Pittsburgh campus."
Buss said that it was a great honor to lead a preeminent global program for Carnegie Mellon. "The diverse student body, the splendor of South Australia, the vibrancy of Australia's place in the region and the support of the government, business and non-profit sectors is what attracted me to the position," he said. "I look forward to strengthening these relationships and to building on our achievements to make Heinz College a place that all Australians and our graduates from around the globe can be truly proud of."
Zak said the college's success was due to the hard work of the faculty and staff, the excellent caliber of the students and the support of the State Government.
"It has been a privilege to lead the Heinz College campus in Adelaide," he said. "We marketed South Australia to the world and the feedback was unequivocally positive. Education is not just about books and exams. It's about quality of life. We came to the right place."
Pictured above is Terry Buss, the new executive director of Heinz College Australia.