A university boss has announced she will throw her hat in the ring to replace Julie Bishop in the seat of Curtin.
According to the publication Hammond has discussed her intention to run with party figures, including president of the Curtin division Tim Walton.
The university issued a statement on Monday, praising the leader for her commitment to the facility for over two decades and announcing her resignation.
She was thanked for her success in growing the university and commended for her decision to pursue new opportunities.
“After a remarkable 21 years at The University of Notre Dame Australia, especially the last 11 years as Vice Chancellor, Professor Hammond has announced that as she wished to pursue a unique opportunity she would bring forward her leaving date to the close of business today,” the university wrote.
“Both Trustees and Directors thanked Celia for her leadership, dedication and contribution over two decades to Notre Dame. During this time Notre Dame has achieved outstanding QILT results, financial and capital growth and, in particular, recognition by Notre Dame students as the best University in Australia for overall quality of educational experience.
“The Board of Trustees and Directors wished Celia and her family well in their future endeavours.”
Hammond’s announcement comes just days after Bishop announced she would not be recontesting her seat of Curtin at the upcoming federal election, which is expected to be set for May 11 or 18.
Despite holding the seat since 1998, Bishop revealed she will be stepping aside to allow other talented female candidates to qualify for Liberal preselection, adding that she is leaving her “beloved” seat in “very good shape”.
“I have been contacted by a number of talented, indeed extraordinary, people, including women, who have indicated to me that should I not reconsidered the seat of Curtin, they would seek preselection from the Curtin division of the Liberal Party for that seat,” she said. “Accordingly, I will not re- contest the seat of Curtin at the next election. And I will work hard in the meantime to assist a new Liberal candidates to win the seat.”
Bishop also addressed her bid for leadership last summer, adding that she is also the first female to ever contest for leadership of the party, before saying she looks forward to seeing a lot more of her “close and trusted friends” once her term is over.
She added: “I said in my first speech that I was brought up to believe that entering public office should be one of the highest callings and being able to direct your energy and abilities to the betterment of state and country is one of greatest contributions you can make. That remains my view.
“I leave this place positive about the future, proud of the service I have been able to give, to my electoral, beloved Liberal Party, state of WA and my country.”