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USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie.
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has ushered in a new era of strong leadership with the arrival of its new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie.

Professor Mackenzie marked her first day in the top job today (September 4) with a commitment to shape USQ as a leading regional university; innovative and forward-thinking, and responsive to industry, business and community needs.

“I am incredibly honoured to take up this position and very mindful of the trust put in me by the University’s Council,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“Our students are our priority and I want to work to create an even better student experience, strongly based on the University’s values of respect, integrity and excellence.

“With USQ’s reach into long established partnerships across the region and the close relationships we have in Springfield, Ipswich and Stanthorpe, USQ is firmly focused on what it can do locally and globally in driving new directions for its teaching and research footprint.”

Professor Mackenzie comes to USQ from Southern Cross University where she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). She returns to USQ having founded the University’s School of Law in 2007 and 2008, before taking up senior executive positions at Bond University.

In addition to her extensive organisational leadership, 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.

Professor Mackenzie acknowledged and thanked Professor Janet Verbyla for her tremendous efforts and hard work as interim Vice-Chancellor, and to Chancellor John Dornbusch, and Deputy Chancellor Jan Boys for their guidance, support and advice during the transition period.

“This year has marked a significant milestone for USQ and I want to acknowledge the vision of those who built and developed USQ into the University it is today,” she said.

“I am very proud to return to USQ and look forward to the journey that lies ahead for us all, as we move towards 2018.”

Learn more about Professor Mackenzie usq.edu.au/about-usq/governance-management/vice-chancellor.