New Australian National University Vice-Chancellor

The Albanese Government welcomes the appointment of Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell AO FAHA FTSE as the next Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University (ANU).

Distinguished Professor Bell will be the 13th Vice-Chancellor of ANU and the first woman to lead our national university.

Distinguished Professor Bell trained as a cultural anthropologist, with a PhD from Stanford University.

In 2021 she founded the School of Cybernetics within the ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics, positioning cybernetics as a vital tool to help navigate major societal transformations.

Distinguished Professor Bell is an eminent Australian and will lead ANU with distinction. She will take up her new role in 2024.

The Government also thanks Professor Brian Schmidt AO for his leadership at the ANU and significant contribution to Australian education over a long period and looks forward to that continuing.