UA News Centre | 26 February 2013
The vice-Chancellor and president of James Cook University (JCU), Professor Sandra Harding, will be Universities Australia’s next chair, taking over from the University of Melbourne’s Professor Glyn Davis.
The announcement was made by Davis during an address to vice-chancellors at their meeting in Canberra ahead of the opening of Universities Australia’s 2013 Higher Education Conference on 27 February.
Harding has been a member of the UA Board since January 2009 and has served as Universities Australia’s deputy chair for the past two years. Professor Harding was elected unopposed and will assume her new position on 2 May 2013.
Harding has extensive academic and academic leadership experience. She is active in a wide variety of senior university-related roles as well as holding memberships and directorships on a variety of local, national and international boards and councils. She is an ardent promoter of the role of universities in Australian life.
She is an economic sociologist with a keen scholarly interest in markets and how they work, and organisation survey methodology as well having a keen professional interest in education policy and management.