Petro Georgiou appointed Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow
He will hold a joint appointment with Monash University for the duration of his fellowship.
Mr Georgiou will contribute to various aspects of public life at the two universities including delivering graduate and post graduate seminars, participating in public debate through workshops and public lectures, undertaking academic research and providing advice to relevant faculties, schools and centres.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said his appointment would add tremendous expertise and insight into the political landscape.
“To have Mr Georgiou working within the University will add immense knowledge and gravitas, not just to the School of Social and Political Sciences, but to the University overall,” he said.
“Students, staff and the community generally will benefit from the political nous and intimate knowledge of politics to which only those who have experienced longstanding and eminent careers in Government can attest.”
Mr Georgiou, who graduated from the University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) majoring in Political Science, begins his appointment this week.
He was the Federal Member for Kooyong from 1994 until 2010. He was Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Science and Innovation and Deputy Chair of the Joint Statutory Committee on Public Accounts and Audit.
Mr Georgiou has been a senior advisor to former Liberal leaders Malcolm Fraser, Andrew Peacock and John Hewson.
He was also the Founding Director of the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs, State Director of the Liberal Party in Victoria from 1989 to 1994 and Director of the Liberal Policy Unit from 1985 until 1989.