First female Vice-Chancellor

First female Vice-Chancellor

17 December 2013

Professor Margaret Gardner AO appointed

Margaret GardnerFollowing an extensive international search, Professor Margaret Gardner AO has been appointed as the ninth Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, and the first woman to serve in the role.

Professor Gardner said she was delighted and honoured to be joining Monash, following the distinguished leadership of Professor Ed Byrne. “Monash University is one of the world’s top 100 universities” she said. “It has an international presence unique for Australia and rare anywhere in higher education.”

Professor Gardner will commence her position on 1 September 2014, succeeding Professor Edward Byrne, who will become President and Principal at King’s College London.

Prior to joining Monash, Professor Gardner was Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT from April 2005 until August 2014. She has extensive academic experience, having held various leadership positions in Australian universities throughout her career, including at the University of Queensland and Griffith University.

Armed with a first class honours degree in Economics and a PhD from the University of Sydney, in 1988 she was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow spending time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

During her Vice-Chancellorship at RMIT, she served also in a number of advisory and leadership roles, from President of the Board of Museum Victoria to membership of the federal government’s International Advisory Committee chaired by Michael Chaney AO.

Professor Gardner is Deputy Chair of Universities Australia and a Director of the Group of Eight Universities. She is also a Director of Infrastructure Victoria and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), and was recently made a member of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

Professor Gardner has previously been chair of Museum Victoria and chaired the Strategic Advisory Committee and the Expert Panel of the Office of Learning and Teaching (Federal Government Department of Education and Training). She has also been a member of various other boards and committees, including the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, the ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board and the International Education Advisory Committee, which led to the Chaney Report.

Professor Gardner brings a wealth of experience in the education field and is expected to continue the upward trajectory of the University.

In 2007, Professor Gardner was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to tertiary education, particularly in the areas of university governance and gender equity, and to industrial relations in Queensland.

She has been a member of a range of other Committees including the Council of Australia Latin American Relations Board (COALAR), the ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board and International Education Advisory Committee (Chaney Committee), and has chaired government reviews into educational pathways and industrial relations.

University Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel said Professor Gardner will be an outstanding asset to Monash University. “Professor Gardner’s extensive academic career combined with her expertise in economics, industrial relations and organisational management will further advance Monash University’s position as a world-leading research institution, and continue to develop the opportunities offered to our students,” he said.