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Latest media release: High point in career for Geraldine Mackenzie

Professor Geraldine Mackenzie

Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker has congratulated Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Professor Geraldine Mackenzie on her appointment as the incoming Vice Chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland.

Professor Shoemaker said the appointment was a tremendous achievement.

“This represents a further high point in Professor Mackenzie’s impressive and wide-ranging career,” he said.

“I would like to acknowledge the major contribution Professor Mackenzie has made to our research activities since her appointment in 2014. During that time she established the Office of Research and the Graduate School, streamlined procedures for external grants to increase our success, and established the Centre for Organics Research in conjunction with the NSW Department of Primary Industries.”

Professor Mackenzie has for many years strongly advocated for the importance of equity and diversity at Southern Cross University as well as throughout Australia. In 2015 and 2016 she was co-chair of Universities Australia Executive Women, and is currently co-founder and Chair, Regional Universities Network Executive Women.

“There are those in the sector whose sustained commitment to gender equity really matters. Geraldine Mackenzie is one of those colleagues; and she extends that contribution significantly through her deep awareness of research prowess and research leadership,” Professor Shoemaker said.

In making the announcement today, USQ Chancellor Mr John Dornbusch said the University was fortunate to gain the expertise of someone of the calibre of Professor Mackenzie whose leadership and commitment to higher education had been recognised through numerous honours, grants, awards and appointments in her career.

“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,” Mr Dornbusch said.

Professor Mackenzie will continue as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) until she takes up her new position on September 4 this year.

Photo: Professor Geraldine Mackenzie.

Media contact: Brigid Veale 0439 680748 or 66593006.