VICE-chancellor of Federation University Australia, Professor Helen Bartlett, is the next chair of the Regional Universities Network.
Professor Bartlett took on the role on 31 January for a two-year term.
She said that regional universities gave students the chance to study, work and live in their local communities, helping to create stronger regional economies.
“Over the past eight years, RUN has been able to help governments better understand this important role and how regional universities contribute to both the higher education sector and the communities in which they exist,” she said.
“With a federal election looming, this year promises to be an exciting period for higher education, and RUN will continue to be an active player in policy development and funding discussions.”