Dianne Semmens and John Germov
Ms Dianne Semmens, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Vocational Education and Professor John Germov, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Higher Education

Victoria University (VU) welcomes Professor John Germov as its new Deputy Vice-Chancellor Higher Education, and Ms Dianne Semmens as its new Deputy Vice-Chancellor Vocational Education, and head of Victoria University Polytechnic.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker said these two important leadership appointments are critical in fulfilling a key strategic mission at VU – to be a global leader in dual-sector education by bridging the strengths between vocational training and higher education, and “delivering dual-sector differently.”

Professor Germov, a highly accomplished researcher, sociologist, and university leader, comes to VU from Charles Sturt University where he held roles as Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), and most recently, was its interim Vice-Chancellor. Previously, he  worked in a range of roles over 25 years at the University of Newcastle.

Vice-Chancellor Shoemaker said having a leader the calibre of Professor Germov at VU was an “absolute coup.”

He is an excellent cultural fit for VU. He is renowned in the sector as an authentic leader with a strong commitment to widening student participation and student success through a positive learning experience. He understands the importance of the power of education in transformational change -- something at VU’s very heart.

Professor Germov will combine his proven record in learning innovation that fosters a culture of excellence, enterprise, and inclusivity with strong business acumen to take VU’s First Year College and its award-winning VU Block Model of learning and teaching to the next level.

 Professor Germov said he was thrilled to be joining VU at a pivotal time in its evolution.

“As a values-driven leader, I am passionate about the transformational impact of VU, especially its role in widening participation and preparing the next generation of graduates and researchers who will positively shape the world,” he said.

Vice-Chancellor Shoemaker said Ms Semmens had already done an outstanding job acting in the role of VU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Vocational Education during challenging times.

Drawing on VU Polytechnic strengths

“Dianne has incredible experience in vocational education and is particularly qualified to lead the university to align our Polytechnic offerings with higher education. She has been a part of VU for over six years, and worked to achieve significant and meaningful outcomes for our students.”  

Ms Semmens said she looked forward to drawing on the strengths of VU Polytechnic to connect  industry and learners in distinctive and fresh ways.

“In the time I have been at VU, I have loved seeing the persistent commitment from staff to address social disadvantage, promote diversity and improve work outcomes. I intend to ensure VU Polytechnic can add value to any learner; whether a school leaver, existing worker, people seeking to enter the workforce or a career changer.”

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