Professor Peter Høj AC will step down as the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Queensland in June next year after nearly eight years in the top job.
Professor Høj made the announcement at a Senate meeting this Thursday, confirming rumours that have been circulating since the start of the year.
Under Vice-Chancellor Høj’s leadership, the University of Queensland has created a Reconciliation Action Plan which aims to make Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples a central part of UQ’s operations and mission.
He has also taken an extreme personal interest in achieving Gender Equity in STEM education, and has immensely supported the University’s Mental Health Strategy.
His leadership has not been without criticism, however. Student protesters have previously singled out Professor Høj for not divesting the University’s money from the fossil fuels industry, and more recently he has been criticised for proposing a student hub redevelopment that would take the Schonell away from students and pursuing talks with the Ramsay Centre to establish a degree in Western Civilisation studies.
He will leave big shoes to fill — the Semper team has yet to meet another man who can so effortlessly use “create change” in a sentence without giggling.
We hope that greener pastures lie ahead for Professor Høj, and we are sure that a man with his CV could land whatever job he wants.