The University of Newcastle, Australia

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor announces retirement at end of 2018

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Caroline McMillen, has announced she will retire from the University in October 2018, following seven distinguished years of service.

Professor Caroline McMillen

University of Newcastle Chancellor, Mr Paul Jeans, said Professor McMillen would leave the institution at a high point in its history following the conclusion of her term.

“Under Caroline’s watch, the University of Newcastle (UON) has continued to forge a path as a leader in equity, Indigenous education, research and innovation and has risen strongly in key university rankings in a very competitive global environment,” said Mr Jeans.

“Caroline has been a very successful Vice-Chancellor for UON, and I look forward to working  with her over the remainder of her tenure.”

“Caroline and I have discussed UON’s current position together with an assessment of future challenges and opportunities and we agree that this announcement comes at the right time and will ensure the continuation of UON’s very successful journey.”

Professor McMillen said it had been a tremendous privilege to lead the University of Newcastle through a period of outstanding growth and achievements.

“Among the many proud moments shared with staff just this year included seeing the University take its place in the top one per cent of the world’s universities, securing a remarkable $26 million contribution by the Jack Ma Foundation for our Ma & Morley Scholarship program, and launching our $95m NeW Space city campus which will deliver graduates equipped to shape the future” said Professor McMillen.

“UON is a remarkable institution founded on the values of equity and excellence, and I have been fortunate to work with talented academic and professional staff over the past six years.”

“I look forward to continuing to work with the Chancellor, the Council, leaders and staff across the University over the next 12 months to deliver the strategies that will transform the future of the regions we serve.”

The University will commence a global search for a new Vice-Chancellor in early 2018, with an appointment to be confirmed by mid 2018.


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