14 November 2022
The University of Canberra today announced the appointment of Professor Maree Meredith to the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership.
Professor Meredith has a keen interest in promoting diversity and inclusion. She is excited to make her mark as the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership, at a defining time in Australia’s history with the Voice to Parliament Referendum on the horizon.
“I am excited to be joining UC – and returning to Canberra for the third time in my career – and I am looking forward to working with others at UC to provide leadership that will successfully steer the University into a new era,” said Professor Meredith.
With a deeply held respect for Indigenous culture and the importance of consistently engaging with Elders, Professor Meredith is looking forward to seeking out the wisdom, understanding and guidance of the Ngunnawal Elders, and working closely with Indigenous communities at the University, in Canberra and the region.
“I am proud of the work that I have been part of in our Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and South Australia and look forward to working with the Ngunnawal Elders to create a legacy that benefits future emerging leaders,” she said.
Professor Meredith will be joining the University as the institution embarks on implementing its new decadal strategy, Connected.
“I was drawn to the priorities of connection to people and community highlighted in the new strategy, which resonate with my personal values and align with my professional philosophy,” she said.
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Paddy Nixon highlighted the importance of Connected in further embedding the University’s connection to Ngunnawal Country, and UC’s first Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership will play a vital role in guiding the University to achieve this ambition.
“I am delighted to welcome Maree to UC. In our new strategy, Connected, we make the commitment to embed and celebrate our Ngunnawal heritage, and play our part in building a respectful and inclusive community. Maree will have a vital role ensuring we deliver on this commitment,” said Professor Nixon.
Professor Meredith, a proud Bidjara woman, currently holds the position of Director of Poche SA+NT at the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University. In her role as Director, she has made significant contributions to Flinders University’s Reconciliation Action Plan, and the Indigenous Workforce and Research Strategies committees.
Professor Meredith will assume her role as Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership in February 2023.