New appointment (Issue 24, 2010)


New Director, Professor Chris Mackie

Professor Chris Mackie, an internationally recognised scholar with a publication record and research agenda combining the ancient and modern worlds, has been appointed to the position of Professorial Director of the National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research at La Trobe University.

Professor Mackie is currently Associate Professor in the Centre for Classics and Archaeology at The University of Melbourne where he has established highly successful research linkages with colleagues in a range of academic disciplines.

‘Professor Mackie is committed to community engagement and has extensive experience in university administration, including operational policy and strategic planning,’ said
La Trobe Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson.

‘I am delighted with this appointment as Chris is ideally qualified to lead our research centre for Greek Studies,’ he said.

The National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research was established earlier last year as an affirmation of
La Trobe’s long-standing commitment to Greek Studies, and it will promote multidisciplinary research in topics related to Greece, its language, modern history and the study of Greek Diasporas around the world.

‘As a lifelong admirer of Greek culture I am delighted to take up the position of Director of Greek Studies at
La Trobe. There is much excellent work to do, including with the Greek community with whom I have had many links in my time in Melbourne,’ said Professor Mackie.

‘Professor Mackie’s appointment will deepen our close relationship to the Greek community as he will be instrumental in initiating programs to extend Greek studies and programs to increase higher education access for students from Greek backgrounds,’ said Professor Johnson.  

Professor Johnson also paid tribute to the enormous contribution of volunteers and donors from the Greek community who have generously contributed their time and money over the years to supporting La Trobe's Hellenic programs.