The University of Newcastle, Australia

Meet Professor Peter Coaldrake AO

Qualifications: BA(Hons)(JCU), PhD, DUniv(Griffith), DUniv(QUT)

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Professor Peter Coaldrake is Chair of the Queensland Performing Arts Trust (a position he took up in October 2017) and Chair, Jobs Queensland (appointed in late 2018). He recently submitted his Review of Higher Education Provider Category Standards, having been appointed to this role by Federal Minister for Education, Dan Tehan, in September 2018. Professor Coaldrake completed his almost fifteen-year term as Vice-Chancellor and CEO of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in December 2017.

Professor Coaldrake is a dual Fulbright Scholar: as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of politics/public policy (1980 – 1981), and as a Senior Scholar in the field of higher education policy and management (2001 – 2002). Professor Coaldrake is the author or editor of a number of books and monographs in the field of higher education policy, including most recently, as co-author (with Dr Lawrence Stedman), of Raising the Stakes: Gambling with the Future of Universities (UQP, 2013; second edition 2016). He is also the author of Working the System: Government in Queensland (UQP, 1989).

Professor Coaldrake is the Chair of the Fulbright Scholar Awards Committee and was Chair of the Queensland Heritage Council from 2011-2016. He also served as Chair of the peak body representing Australian universities, Universities Australia (UA), between 2009-2011. Professor Coaldrake was Chair of the Australian Technology Network (ATN), between 2012-2013, and in December 2015 completed a four-year term as Chair of the governing board of the OECD higher education group (IMHE). Earlier in his career he spent four years as Chair of Queensland’s Public Sector Management Commission.

Professor Coaldrake was named as a recipient of a Queensland Great Award by the Premier of Queensland in 2017 and he was awarded the Asia Pacific Leadership Award by the Council for Advancement of Support of Education (CASE) in 2016.