Professor Geraldine Mackenzie
Professor Geraldine Mackenzie


The Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the University, and is also the University’s principal academic officer.

The Vice-Chancellor exercises general supervision over the activities and welfare of staff and students of the University, and promotes the interests and furthers the development of USQ


Professor Geraldine Mackenzie joined USQ as Vice-Chancellor in September 2017.

Prior to joining USQ, Professor Mackenzie was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Southern Cross University (SCU), where she had strategic responsibility for all research functions, including government and industry partnerships, and research training. Professor Mackenzie has also worked in senior executive positions at Bond University, including Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Community Engagement), and Executive Dean, Faculty of Law.

Professor Mackenzie returned to USQ in 2017 after having been Foundation Head of the University’s School of Law in 2007 and 2008, prior to which she held senior roles at QUT.

Professor Mackenzie’s research interests are in law and public policy, particularly sentencing, and she holds a PhD in sentencing law from the University of New South Wales. A Barrister-at-Law, she is a member of the Queensland Bar Association, American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.

Professor Mackenzie has held a number of senior positions in academia, including:

  • Chair, Regional Universities Network (RUN) Executive Women Deputy Chair,
  • Deputy Chair, Universities Australia Deputy and Pro Vice Chancellors (Research) Committee;
  • Co-Chair, Universities Australia Executive Women;
  • Chair, NSW DVC/PVC (Research) Committee;
  • Chair, Regional Universities Network Research Group;
  • Chair, Humanities and Creative Arts panel, Australian Research Council College of Experts;
  • Chair, Queensland Selection Panel American/Australian Fulbright Commission,
  • Executive member, Council of Australian Law Deans. 

Professor Mackenzie is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Australian Institute of Management, as well as a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is an experienced company director. Her research interests are in law and public policy, particularly sentencing. 


Vice-Chancellor's Executive

The Vice-Chancellor is supported by an experienced professional executive:

Our Vice-Chancellor's Executive is a key advisory committee to the Vice-Chancellor on all matters relating to the management of the University and on the setting of strategic directions and the development of policy.