New Provost appointment at Monash

Professor Edwina Cornish has been appointed foundation Provost of Monash University.

Professor Edwina Cornish has been appointed foundation Provost of Monash University.

One of Monash University's most eminent academics and influential leaders, Professor Edwina Cornish, will take on the role of Provost later this year.

Monash Vice-Chancellor and President Ed Byrne announced the appointment today, following University Council approval. Professor Cornish will begin in the newly created role on 3 September. 

"I am delighted that Professor Cornish has accepted this appointment. Her current role as Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice-President already has significant overlap with the Provost role."

"She has increasingly been taking on responsibility for significant leadership roles, including the University’s academic strengthening program and I believe this appointment provides the opportunity to build on her already impressive contribution," Professor Byrne said.

The new post of Provost, or Chief Academic Officer, will allow Professor Byrne to concentrate management attention on the University’s day-to-day operations, freeing him up to focus on strategic initiatives, including key University projects, strategy development and implementation, increased management efficiency and revenue raising.

"These changes bring Monash into line with most other universities operating at the level to which we aspire. I believe they will assist us to meet the challenges of the next decade," he said.

The Provost will be the Vice-Chancellor’s core academic deputy, responsible for management, supervision and control of faculty operations and academic portfolios related to faculty.

Professor Cornish said she felt privileged to have been offered the role.

“I’m honoured to accept the role of Provost and enthusiastic about the new opportunities it will inevitably bring about for the University. I’m particularly looking forward to working even more closely with my colleagues throughout the faculties, so many of whom are doing exceptional work, whether as researchers, administrators or professional staff,” Professor Cornish said.

As Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Edwina Cornish has been responsible for managing the development and implementation of Monash University's Research strategy, which aims to build on the excellent research being undertaken at Monash to achieve valuable impact for the communities we serve.

Professor Cornish was appointed to the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Monash University in February 2004. In August 2009 she was also appointed Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. She was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and concurrently Professor of Biotechnology at the University of Adelaide.

She has contributed to Australian research strategy and policy at both state and federal levels and is currently a member of the DSTO Advisory Board. 

Professor Cornish has a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Melbourne. She played a key role in building one of Australia's first biotechnology companies, Florigene Limited. Under her leadership the company established global research and development, and marketing operations and successfully commercialised the world's first genetically modified flowers.

Professor Cornish is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.