Vice-Chancellor & President
University of Newcastle
Professor Caroline McMillen joined the University of Newcastle as Vice-Chancellor and President in October 2011. She has previously served in academic leadership positions at Monash University, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. She has held national and international roles in medical and health research, industry engagement, innovation strategy and policy development.
Caroline is a Director of the Board of Universities Australia; the Australian Business Higher Education Round Table (BHERT), and the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). She is a BusinessEvents Sydney Ambassador and has served as Convenor of the New South Wales Vice-Chancellor’s Committee.
She has served on a range of international disciplinary bodies and industry groups, including the national Automotive Industry Innovation Council, the Boards of the Cooperative Research Centres for Advanced Automotive Technology and Rail Innovation, the South Australian Premier’s Climate Change Council, as well as a number of state industry and government leadership groups focused on innovation, defence, and manufacturing.
As a medical researcher, Caroline is internationally recognised for her work on the impact of the nutritional environment before birth on the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and obesity in adult life.
She is an inaugural Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, Bragg Member of the Royal Institution, Australia and currently serves on the Council of the International Union of Physiological Societies.
She holds a BA (Honours) and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and completed her medical training graduating with an MB, BChir at the University of Cambridge.