Professor Margaret Gardner was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of RMIT University in April 2005, having previously held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Queensland. She has extensive academic experience, having held various leadership positions in Australian universities throughout her career.
Margaret has provided strategic advice on educational pathways, human resource management, equity and employment and industrial relations to governments, industry and a broad range of institutions. She has also served on the boards of a number of bodies, including in the arts and education sectors.
She is currently a member of the Council of Australia Latin American Relations Board and Chair of their Education Advisory Group, a member of the LH Martin Institute Advisory Board, the ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board, and International Education Advisory Council.
Margaret chairs the Museums Board of Victoria, RMIT International University Vietnam Pty Ltd RMIT Vietnam Holdings Pty Ltd as well as the Strategic Advisory Board, Office for Learning and Teaching and is a director of Open Universities Australia and the Fulbright Commission Advisory Board.
In 2007, Margaret 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.