Margaret Gardner appointed as next governor of Victoria
Academic Professor Margaret Gardner will become the 30th Governor of Victoria.
Premier Daniel Andrews announced the appointment today, describing Gardner as a “distinguished leader and academic”.
She will leave her role as vice-chancellor of Monash University once current Governor, Linda Dessau’s tenure ends.
Andrews said the academic had “dedicated her work to the service of others”.
“Throughout her celebrated academic career, Professor Gardner has broken new ground for women, created fairer and more inclusive spaces for them – and held the door open for those to come after her,” he said.
Gardner has a background in economics, industrial relations and organisational management and was the first woman to lead Monash University.
She previously served as President and Vice Chancellor at RMIT University between 2005 and 2014, and has also held executive leadership and senior academic positions at the University of Queensland and Griffith University.
Gardner will begin her five-year term from August 9.