Margaret Gardner to be next governor of Victoria

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Professor Margaret Gardner, the Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, will become the 30th Governor of Victoria when Linda Dessau’s tenure ends this month.

Dessau’s term ends on June 30 after the eminent jurist was sworn in as Victoria’s first woman Governor in 2015.

Margaret Gardner (right) will become Victoria’s new governor, replacing Linda Dessau.Credit: The Age

Premier Daniel Andrews announced the appointment on Monday alongside Gardner, who has held her position at Monash since 2014.

She recently chaired the Group of Eight Universities, where she remains a director, and was vice-chancellor of RMIT for nine years.

Her husband, Glyn Davis, is the secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Gardner, made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2020, has served on the board of Infrastructure Victoria, Museums Victoria and the New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).

Gardner will begin her term on August 9, when she concludes at Monash.

Lieutenant Governor Professor James Angus will serve as acting governor in the interim.

Gardner said she hoped to encourage respect for the differences in the Victorian community.

“And indeed, that I can help to express the hopes of the community for the future,” she said.

Gardner said it was a great honour that she had not considered until meeting with the premier earlier this month.

“I’ll give it my absolute all,” she said.

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