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 is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland. Prior to joining the University in September 2017 she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Southern Cross University.
Professor Mackenzie returns to USQ having been Foundation Head of the University’s School of Law in 2007 and 2008, before she took up senior executive positions at Bond University: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Community Engagement), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), and Executive Dean, Faculty of Law. Prior to joining USQ in 2007 she held various senior roles at QUT, and served on QUT Council for nine years. She has had a strong commitment throughout her career to widening participation in higher education, particularly in Australia’s regional areas, flexible learning opportunities and encouraging a strong link between the University and business, government, industry and the community.
In addition to her extensive organisational leadership experience, Professor Mackenzie has an international reputation in her own academic background in law, with a PhD in sentencing law from the University of New South Wales. Her research interests are in law and public policy. A Barrister-at-Law and lawyer since 1985, 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 at State and Federal level including Deputy Chair, Universities Australia DVC (Research) Committee; Co-Chair, Universities Australia Executive Women; Chair, NSW DVC (Research) Committee; Chair, RUN Research group; Chair, Humanities and Creative Arts panel, Australian Research Council College of Experts; Chair, Queensland Selection Panel American/Australian Fulbright Commission, and was an executive member of the Council of Australian Law Deans.
Memberships and affiliations
Professor Mackenzie is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
The Vice-Chancellor is supported by an experienced professional executive:
- Professor Karen Nelson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
- Michael Thomas, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise Services)
- Professor John Bell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
- Athol Kerridge, Chief Financial Officer
- Professor John Cole OAM, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement)
- Dr Ren Yi, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)
- Professor Josh Pienaar, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students)
- Professor Barbara de la Harpe, Executive Dean (Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts)
- Professor Glen Coleman, Executive Dean (Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences)
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.