Professor Margaret Gardner


Professor Margaret Gardner
CEW Member

President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University

Professor Margaret Gardner is President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University.

She has extensive academic experience, having held various leadership positions in Australian universities throughout her career.

Margaret has been selected by successive Governments to chair and be a member of major boards, and currently chairs the Museum Board of Victoria and the Expert Panel of the Office of Learning and Teaching (Federal Government Department of Education and Training). She is also Deputy Chair of Universities Australia and Director of the Group of Eight Universities.

Margaret has a strong commitment to higher education. She has been a member of various committees in the areas of the arts, education and industrial relations, including the Council of Australia Latin American Relations Board (COALAR), the ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board and the International Education Advisory Committee, which led to the Chaney Report.

In 1988, after attaining her PhD, Margaret was awarded a highly selective Fulbright Fellowship. Her strong intellect, business sense and understanding of the higher education system saw her lead a reform program at RMIT, where she was Vice-Chancellor and President from 2005 until 2014.

Margaret performed a major re-engineering of the institution, highlighting its strengths in technology and design, extending its international reach and re-shaping its environment transforming it into a top-performing and financially sustainable organisation.

In 2007, Margaret was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of services to tertiary education, particularly in the areas of university governance and gender equity.

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