Professor Margaret Gardner AO


Vice-Chancellor & President

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Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Margaret Gardner AO


BEcon (Hons), PhD Syd., DUniv Griffith, FAIM, GAICD

The Vice-Chancellor and President is the Chief Executive Officer of RMIT, both for higher education and vocational education. She is responsible for ensuring strong, effective leadership and clear direction within the university through an appropriate vision and strategic plan.

Professor Margaret Gardner was appointed as Vice-Chancellor in April 2005, having previously held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Queensland. She has extensive academic experience, having held various leadership positions in Australian universities throughout her career.

Armed with a first class honours degree in Economics and a PhD from the University of Sydney, in 1988 she was a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow spending time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Gardner has had a prominent career as an academic, working in a number of Australian institutions including Griffith University, the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, and Deakin University.

In recent years, Professor Gardner has provided strategic advice on educational pathways, human resource management, equity and employment and industrial relations to governments, industry and a broad range of institutions. She has also served on the boards of a number of bodies, including in the arts and education sectors.

In 2002, as Chair of a Queensland government taskforce, Professor Gardner was responsible for developing the vision and authoring the report on post-compulsory education and the pathways between schools, vocational education and higher education sectors. The report contributed significantly to Queensland’s Education and Training Reforms package.

She has been a member of various Committees in the areas of the arts, education and industrial relations, and is currently a member of the Council of Australia Latin American Relations Board (COALAR) and Chair of their Education Advisory Group, a member of the Higher Education Research Reference Group, LH Martin Institute Advisory Board, the ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board and International Education Advisory Committee.

Professor Gardner currently chairs the Museums Board of Victoria, RMIT International University Vietnam Pty Ltd and RMIT Vietnam Holdings Pty Ltd as well as the Strategic Advisory Board, Office for Learning and Teaching and is a director of Open Universities Australia and the Fulbright Commission Advisory Board.

In 2007, Professor Gardner was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to tertiary education, particularly in the areas of university governance and gender equity, and to industrial relations in Queensland.