The University of Southern Queensland and Chancellor John Dornbusch announced today that the incoming role of Vice-Chancellor will be filled by the highly-regarded Professor Geraldine Mackenzie. She will assume her new position on Monday, 4 September.

Professor Mackenzie, who is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research at Southern Cross University, comes with many credentials that have made her the perfect fit for this upcoming role.

Having first graduated from University of New South Wales with a PhD in Sentencing Law, Professor Mackenzie earned a reputation in international law as a Barrister-at-La, before taking on Vice-Chancellor roles at Bond University, and Foundation Head of USQ’s School of Law from 2007 to 2008.

Chancellor John Dornbusch added that Professor Mackenzie’s work in developing regional innovation and sustainability while at Bond and Southern Cross Universities was internationally recognized.

“With Professor Mackenzie’s exceptional ability and her experience in regional issues, USQ will be able to lead engagement at all levels of business, government, industry and the community,” said Dornbusch.

“In addition to her extensive organisational and academic leadership, Professor Mackenzie has a deep appreciation of the roles of community and of the close partnerships that link universities to their regions.”

“Professor Mackenzie returns to USQ at a time when we have a number of strategic initiatives already in place that will build on the focused research and teaching profile of the University,” he added.

Professor Mackenzie said she feels privileged to be appointed the role of Vice-Chancellor and is delighted to be given the potential to build on USQ’s already significant and notable achievements.

“USQ is highly regarded across the university sector for the aspirational opportunities it gives to students no matter their background or circumstance, and it will be my priority to foster those initiatives, to build on the collaborative research partnerships it has and to work closely with its extraordinary staff in building its future as one of Australia’s leading regional universities,” said Professor Mackenzie.

“I want to promote the University’s commitment to enable broad participation in higher education through learning, employment, research and community partnerships and specifically address structural and systemic inequalities in education and employment.”

“I am thankful too of the work being done by the interim Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Verbyla in making my transition into the role as seamless as possible,” she said.

Read about the recipient of the 2017 Chancellor’s Scholarship here.