Excelsia College News | Excelsia Welcomes Professor Ryan Daniel as Chief Academic Officer

Excelsia Welcomes Professor Ryan Daniel as Chief Academic Officer

Excelsia College is proud to announce the appointment of Professor Ryan Daniel as its Chief Academic Officer. Professor Daniel brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Excelsia and is excited to contribute to the College’s mission in Christian higher education. His vision for the role is to support the College’s aspirations for growth, develop its offerings, and to enable staff and students to thrive in their work.

‘It is a great privilege to join such a welcoming community of staff and students who are passionate about all that they do.’ – Professor Ryan Daniel, Chief Academic Officer

Professor Daniel holds a PhD in music education, a Master’s in Music Performance, and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching. His academic journey includes over 60 peer-reviewed scholarly publications, establishing him as a respected figure in the academic field. Notably, he has been honoured twice with the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence from James Cook University, showcasing his dedication to advancing education.

As Chief Academic Officer, Professor Ryan Daniel provides strategic leadership at Excelsia for teaching and learning, scholarship, research, course portfolio development and associated community engagement, aligned with the mission and vision of the College, and achieving optimal outcomes for students.

With over 30 years of experience in higher education, Professor Daniel has held diverse roles encompassing teaching, lecturing, and both operational and academic management. His time at James Cook University, where he served as Professor of Creative Arts and Creative Industries, as well as Head of School, reflects his commitment to academic growth and development. With multiple research publications in tier one journals and with globally reputable publishers, Professor Daniel understands what it is to produce quality research and scholarship.

‘I much prefer quality over quantity, and set high expectations for myself, leading by example, and doing as much as I can to support students and educators to succeed.’ – Professor Ryan Daniel, Chief Academic Officer

Beyond his administrative and research roles, Professor Daniel has a genuine passion for postgraduate supervision. Currently overseeing an Excelsia alumnus, he actively contributes to the academic development of future scholars. His commitment to Excelsia’s faith, community and mission is grounded in his strong Christian values, making him a valuable addition to the college’s leadership team.

Outside the realm of academia, Professor Daniel embraces his status as an NRL and Maroons fan, eagerly anticipating the opportunity to cheer on Queensland teams and aiming to secure a win in the Excelsia tipping competition one day. He is incredibly proud of his children Maria and Lachlan and looks forward to the opportunity of one day sitting behind the wheel of a Formula One car!

Excelsia College is excited to welcome Professor Ryan Daniel as its Chief Academic Officer, confident in his ability to steer the institution towards new heights of academic excellence with his extensive experience, leadership skills, and passion for education and community engagement.