Mike Calford named new provost at Australian National University

A University of Tasmania leader who helped win it state and federal funding for a large-scale relocation project will become senior deputy to ANU’s vice-chancellor after beating other candidates in a global recruitment effort.

Mike Calford, who will become ANU’s new provost in March, was in the same role at UTAS when it secured money for a transformational $300 million campus relocation project at its Launceston and Burnie campuses.

He will be ANU’s new chief academic officer, leading delivery of its strategic plan when he leaves Tasmania for Canberra.

ANU vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt said he was grateful to have appointed Professor Calford.

“Mike brings remarkable depth and insight to his leadership, having managed most aspects of a university’s activities, from education and research to international and operational matters,” he said.

“At every level – as an educator, researcher, head of school, dean, and as a senior executive – Mike has demonstrated his strategic capacity, his collegiality, his determination, and his ability to deliver excellence.”

Professor Calford said he was delighted and honoured to join ANU as provost.

“ANU is one of the world’s great universities, with an ambitious and inspiring strategy to serve Australia as its national university,” he said.

A leading researcher in neuroscience, Professor Calford has been provost at UTAS since 2014 and was previously a deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Newcastle for five years and a pro vice-chancellor at the University of Wollongong.

His career has also involved teaching and research stints at University of Queensland and University of Melbourne, and at ANU.

He also worked overseas at the University of Oxford, the University of California Irvine and City University of New York.