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Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s third and longest serving director, Professor Geoff Prince, is retiring after 14 years at the institute.

In his time at AMSI, Professor Prince was deputy director under founding director, Professor Garth Gaudry, and was executive director and acting director until 2007.

Professor Prince took up the role of director in September 2009 and will now retire on 21 December.

He said he was proud of his legacy at AMSI and the impact the Institute has had on strengthening Australian mathematics.

“AMSI has an important role to play as the national voice and advocate for the mathematical sciences at all stages of the pipeline, it has been a privilege to lead and shape this agenda over the past nine years,” said Professor Prince.

AMSI Board chair Dr Ron Sandland praised Professor Prince for his leadership of the Institute and outstanding advocacy of the mathematical sciences.

“Geoff has been an outstanding champion for the discipline, helping steer the Institute’s impact across the pipeline from school education and adult numeracy to research and industry engagement,” Dr Sandland said.

He said that under Professor Prince’s leadership, the Institute had cemented its widely regarded status as the peak body for the mathematical sciences, “providing authoritative advice and thought leadership to both public and private sectors”.

“During his tenure AMSI has undergone significant transformation, with its staff growing more than four-fold. He has assembled a high-quality team with a clear focus on gender equity with over half the executive team female and seven of the Institute’s eight PhDs women. AMSI’s membership has also increased its membership to 41 universities, learned societies and five national agencies.”

Dr Sandland said the Institute would continue to benefit from Professor Prince’s long-term vision, in particular his role in securing long-term investment in higher education.

“Geoff has convinced successive governments of the importance of supporting undergraduate and postgraduate education at a national level, as a result AMSI’s unique program of annual symposia, residential schools and online teaching have reached thousands of students.”

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