Professor Caroline McMillen today took over the helm as the University of Newcastle’s Vice-Chancellor and President.
Professor McMillen said her first commitment was to getting to know the University community.
“My top priority over the coming weeks is to get out and about, to meet staff, students, and the local community, and most importantly to listen to their views and ideas.”
Professor McMillen joins the University after six years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President: Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia.
For three decades, she has been a leader in the higher education sector playing significant roles in teaching, research and innovation.
An internationally recognised health researcher and highly regarded for pioneering approaches to teaching and learning, Professor McMillen said teaching and research were twin passions.
“Educating first rate graduates is a university’s most important role and a responsibility we take very seriously.
“As Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, I will continue to build the recognition of our University as a world class institution with a reputation for the delivery of international calibre academic programs, and excellent research that has global and regional impact.”
Engaging with the community, industry and government are also high priorities for Professor McMillen.
“Our communities are among the University’s most valuable assets, and so it is pivotal that everything we work for – across research and teaching - comes full circle and delivers back to our region.
“I look forward to getting to know the region, and building on the strong connections that deliver so much for the University and the community.”
University Chancellor Professor Trevor Waring has welcomed Professor McMillen, describing her appointment as a “coup” for the University.
Professor McMillen’s biographical details are available at www.newcastle.edu.au/vicechancellorbiography.html
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