Prof. Michael Friend
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
Michael was appointed as Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at Charles Sturt University in May 2019, following a highly successful term as Director of the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation at Charles Sturt, where he oversaw an 70% increase in external research funding and a significant improvement in research quality metrics. Michael has extensive international experience, having undertaken research in the UK and USA, and he collaborates with researchers and educators from across the globe. Michael is a highly experienced researcher, having secured in excess of $14m in external grant income as Principal Investigator. He has led several national programs and projects, spanning fields of animal nutrition, farming systems research and participatory action research. He is a highly experienced research leader, having led the Future Farm Industries CRC New Livestock Systems Program between 2010-14, and led the ‘EverGraze’ project, which was a finalist in the Sustainable Agriculture category for the Eureka Prizes in 2014.
He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and currently serves on several advisory boards, and the Board of the Southern NSW Drought Hub.