Higher Education design institute LCI Melbourne announced today the appointment of an experienced head of fashion and textiles degree programs as its new Dean.
Dr Stephen Wigley has been Associate Dean, Fashion Enterprise, School of Fashion and Textiles, at RMIT since 2019. Before that he was Subject Leader for Fashion at University of Huddersfield, UK for 9 years. He holds a PhD in Fashion Branding from Huddersfield and MSc in Fashion Marketing from Glasgow Caledonian University.
At RMIT he oversaw rapid growth of student enrolments in Fashion courses, and was significantly involved in building his School’s engagement with the fashion industry. His speciality in fashion marketing is very relevant to LCI’s planned new course offerings, which it hopes to launch mid 2024.
Chair of LCI Melbourne Professor Warren Bebbington said “Dr Wigley has over a dozen years experience as a teacher and academic leader in fields central to LCI’s programs. He is very well regarded at RMIT and the Board is delighted he will be joining us.”
Dr Wigley said “I’m thrilled to be joining the team at LCI. With a student-centric approach to teaching and excellent links with industry, LCI is well placed to be the leader in design education in Australia and I’m looking forward to helping the school realise those opportunities. I can’t wait to get started!”
Dr Wigley’s appointment as Dean completes a restructure of the LCI leadership group following the departure in February of Dean and Principal, Karen Webster. He will commence his duties on Monday 4 September.
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