Professor Caroline McMillen has been appointed next vice-chancellor and president of the University of Newcastle. McMillen will take up the position late this year, following the October retirement of vice-chancellor Professor Nicholas Saunders. At present McMillen is deputy vice-chancellor (research and innovation) at the University of South Australia, a position she has held since 2005. A biomedical researcher, she is internationally recognised for her work on the impact of the early nutritional environment on obesity, cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance. She has trained and mentored more than 50 honours and PhD students and has led initiatives to develop curricula innovation. She has also contributed to the work of national committees and councils including the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Research Council. McMillen also advocates for the involvement of women in science, engineering and technology.