Jane den Hollander

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Jane den Hollander
Born Zambia
Nationality Australian
Alma mater Wits University, South Africa
Occupation Cellular biologist
Known for Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University

Jane Elizabeth den Hollander AO is an Australian university administrator and the sixth Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University.[1]

Background and early career[edit]

den Hollander was born in Zambia. Her father was a miner from Northern Ireland and her mother came from Liverpool, England. Her father attended Christian Brothers School in Northern Ireland, and her mother completed high school in Liverpool. She is the eldest of four children who grew up in a small South African gold mining town, and the first member of her family to go to university. Her academic achievements include a Bachelor of Science in zoology with first class honours, and a Master of Science from Wits University, South Africa, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Wales, United Kingdom. Her PhD thesis was in the scientific area and subsequently her academic career focussed on cellular biology, biochemistry and stem cell research.


Professor den Hollander is the architect of LIVE the future a strategic intent that aspires for Deakin University to capitalise on new and emerging technologies and drive the digital frontier in higher education. A cellular biologist turned university administrator, she previously held senior management positions at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

den Hollander is currently a board member of Universities Australia, Education Australia Limited, and UniSuper, a member of the Advisory Board of the Office of Learning and Teaching, and a trustee of the Geelong Performing Arts Council.

From 2005–2008, den Hollander was a Board member of Graduate Careers Australia, and from 2008–2011 on the Board of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

In 2017 den Hollander was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to tertiary education through a range of executive administration and advisory roles, as a supporter of professional educational organisations, and to the community.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In Britain she met her future husband, a biologist from Western Australia and they have two children. The family returned to Perth in 1996.


  1. ^ Trounson, Andrew (21 April 2010). "Deakin's act of engagement". The Australian. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia" (PDF). Australia Day 2017 Honours List. Governor-General of Australia. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017.