Professor Kerry Cox started as Vice-Chancellor and President of Edith Cowan University (ECU), Western Australia in March 2006.
Prior to joining ECU, Professor Cox had been Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Ballarat for five years, after being Deputy Vice-Chancellor (at Ballarat) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Head of Science and Engineering, and Dean of Biological Sciences (all at Flinders University of South Australia). He has been a research scientist at leading institutions in Stockholm, London and Melbourne in his field of microbiology/immunology.
Professor Cox has a strong record of establishing linkages with government, industry, business and research partners. He has broad community interests and involvement. As a University Head, he promotes a pronounced service orientation and high standards of integrity.
In addition to being a Director on the Board of Future Directions International, other Committee/Board/Council memberships include (or have included) Universities Australia, the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (former President), the Graduate Careers Council of Australia, the National Council on Education for Sustainability; the Business-Higher Education Round Table; the Australian Society for Microbiology (former President); the Australasian Society for Immunology; the Victorian Education Research Network; the Grampians Rural Health Alliance Network; the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery; Ballarat Clarendon College and Mindarie Senior College.
Professor Cox holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Microbiology and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Western Australia and Doctor of Education (honoris causa) from the University of Ballarat. The title of Emeritus Professor was conferred on Professor Cox by Flinders University in 1997 and by the University of Ballarat in 2006. He received a Centenary Medal in 2001.