After an extensive international search Professor Mike Calford, currently the Provost at the University of Tasmania, will join the Australian National University in the newly created role of Provost in March 2018.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt AC, announced “we have found our Provost: one of Australia’s most experienced and distinguished academic leaders, Professor Mike Calford”.

As a leading neuroscientist, Professor Calford’s research interests, centred on the brain’s ability to achieve self-repair or compensation after trauma or stroke, were fostered during a first-class BSc (Hons) and a PhD from Monash University, then in research and teaching roles at the Universities of Queensland, Melbourne, and ANU, and overseas at the University of Oxford, UC Irvine and City University of New York. His academic career has been highly decorated and Mike has received many prestigious research fellowships and awards, including a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship.

Professor Calford’s leadership career began at the University of Newcastle where he was Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences, and subsequently Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Health, equivalent to Dean of a College at ANU. He was then Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Newcastle for five years, strongly growing its research capacity to a top-10 ERA showing in 2012. Professor Calford also served as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health and Medical Research) at the University of Wollongong and Executive Director of the Illawara Health and Medical Research Institute.

In 2014, Mike took the opportunity to return to his Tasmanian roots as Provost at UTAS. There, he led the whole of the University’s academic enterprise, delivering outstanding education and research performance from UTAS’s Faculties and Institutes. Mike also took responsibility for overseeing the whole-of-institution Indigenous research and leadership strategy, major initiatives such as the Creative Exchange Institute, and university-wide strategic planning, performance and review activities. Mike has been Provost during a time of unprecedented strategic development and ambition at UTAS – change that Mike was at the heart of. He was instrumental in winning state and federal government funding for a transformational $300 million campus relocation project that is focused on harnessing the power of education to change lives.

Professor Schmidt said “I am grateful to have appointed someone so exceptionally qualified to become Provost of our national university. Mike brings remarkable depth and insight to his leadership, having managed most aspects of university’s activity, from education and research to the international and operational. At every level – as an educator, researcher, Head of School, a College Dean-equivalent, and a senior executive – Mike has demonstrated his strategic capacity, his collegiality, his determination, and his ability to deliver excellence.”

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