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Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students)

Professor Josh Pienaar

Professor Josh Piennar  
Professor Josh Pienaar 
 Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students)

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students), leads the Student portfolio of the Academic Division at the University of Southern Queensland. The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) is responsible for shaping and delivering the University’s priorities related to the student experience and provides the strategic leadership to drive innovation in student success, retention, and graduate and career outcomes, by strengthening student engagement at the University. The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) leads the strategic development of the University’s student administration, services, and supports to ensure effective and consistent high-quality delivery of USQ’s integrated service model to enhance the student experience and build the University’s relationships with its student communities across all campuses.

The Students Portfolio is comprised of the following areas: Student Attraction and Communication, Student and Administrative Support, Student Support and Retention, Student Life, and Student Success and Wellbeing.


Josh commenced at USQ in early 2020 as the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students). Before joining USQ, Josh was the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at CQUniversity from 2016, as well as several other senior leadership positions including Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) and Head of Program (Built Environment). In these positions, Josh was responsible for shaping and implementing the University’s vision of excellence in learning and teaching through delivering and enhancing the quality and governance of learning and teaching, academic development, and a digital learning environment.

Josh has worked in more than 20 countries in a range of industries, including higher education, construction, oil and gas exploration, procurement, logistics, information technology, software development, financial management, and Enterprise Resource Planning.  He has significant external engagement experience as a Specialist for the Hong Kong Council in Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKAAVQ), an External Reviewer for the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA), and Expert of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).  Josh has been associated with 16 external industry and education bodies and chaired nine external accreditation panels.  He is also the co-founder of the Australasian Building Information Modelling Academic Forum.

Memberships and affiliations

Josh is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales and the Australian Institute of Building, and a member of the Australian Association for Engineering Education and Engineers Australia.  As the President of the Australasian Universities Building Education Association (2016-2019), he influenced the policy direction in the construction industry and education at a national and international level.

Contact details

Phone: +61 7 4631 2759
Executive Assistant: Carly Lusk