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Professor Peter Coaldrake AO


  • Bio/Profile
  • Professor Peter Coaldrake completed his term as Vice-Chancellor of QUT in 2017, having taken up the position in April 2003. He previously had been Deputy Vice-Chancellor in the same institution and prior to that, served for four years as Chair (CEO) of Queensland’s Public Sector Management Commission, the body established by the Goss government to overhaul Queensland’s public sector. Peter Coaldrake is a dual Fulbright Scholar, as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of politics/public policy (1980 – 1981), and as a Senior Scholar in the field of higher education policy and management (2001 – 2002). Professor Coaldrake is the author or editor of a number of books and monographs, including as co-author (with Dr Lawrence Stedman) of Raising the Stakes:  Gambling with the Future of Universities (UQP, April 2013), with a second edition published in 2016, Academic Work in the Twenty-First Century (DETYA, 1999), and On the Brink:  Australia’s Universities Confronting Their Future (UQP, 1998).  He is also the author of Working the System:  Government in Queensland (UQP, 1989). Peter Coaldrake chaired the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) for two years from February 2013. In May 2011, he completed a two-year term as Chair of the Board of Universities Australia, the peak body of Australia’s universities.  He returned as a member of the Board of Universities Australia from 2014 – 2017.  He was Chair of the Board of the Organisation for Economic Development – Institutional Management in Higher Education (OECD-IMHE) 2011 – 2015 and also of the Queensland Heritage Council 2011 – 2016. He is also a trustee of the Queensland Museum Foundation. He was appointed by the Premier of Queensland as a Smart State Ambassador in 2006, and was Chair of Queensland’s sesquicentenary celebrations in 2009.  Peter Coaldrake was announced as a Queensland Great in June 2017.