Professor John Germov is a highly accomplished executive leader and scholar, with over 30 years’ experience in the University sector and an exemplary 14-year leadership record that includes a sector-wide reputation for innovative and impactful change.
In his role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Higher Education at Victoria University (VU), Professor Germov strategically leads the higher education academic portfolio, which includes overall responsibility for academic programs, oversight of academic units (higher education Colleges and VU Online), and transnational and national partnerships. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Higher Education is accountable for academic governance, strategic direction, the quality of learning and teaching, and student outcomes.
Professor Germov’s leadership career is characterised by several themes:
- student and partner centred education innovation
- driving institutional culture change to improve performance
- collaborative and inclusive evidenced based decision-making.
He is a passionate advocate for the transformational impact of university education, particularly by widening participation and creating an informed citizenry with a cosmopolitan outlook.
Prior to joining Victoria University, Professor Germov was Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Charles Sturt University, including a year as Interim Vice-Chancellor; and formerly, he held the concurrent roles of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Education and Arts and Professor of Sociology at the University of Newcastle.
Professor Germov has a Bachelor of Arts from Chisholm Institute of Technology, a Master of Arts (Sociology) from Monash University, a PhD in Sociology from the University of Newcastle, and in 2019 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Newcastle in recognition of his impactful research and strategic leadership.