Margaret Gardner

President and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University

Professor Margaret Gardner became President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University on September 1, 2014.

Prior to joining Monash, she was Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT from April 2005 until August 2014.  She has extensive academic experience, having held various leadership positions in Australian universities throughout her career, including at The University of Queensland and Griffith University.

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 currently chairs the Museums Board of Victoria, the Strategic Advisory Committee  of the federal Office for Learning and Teaching, and is a director of the Fulbright Commission Advisory Board and Universities Australia.

She has been a member of various Committees in the areas of the arts, education and industrial relations, including the Council of Australia Latin American Relations Board (COALAR), the ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board and International Education Advisory Committee which led to the ‘Chaney’ Report.


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.