Professor Cox retired after more than eight years in the top job at ECU.
Before starting at ECU in March, 2006, he had been vice-chancellor and president of the University of Ballarat for five years. Before that he held senior roles at the University of Ballarat and Flinders University.
ECU Chancellor Hendy Cowan reflected on Professor Cox’s appointment in 2006.
‘Kerry accepted the position here as vice-chancellor because he thought he could make a contribution and what a contribution it has been,’ Dr Cowan said.
‘He has taken us to a point where we believe in ourselves. He has given us all ownership over the challenges we face.’
Professor Cox paid tribute to the staff and community for their support.
‘The success of our modern university has not been because of one person or one VC,’ he said.
‘You do well as a university when you connect with your community.’
ECU achievements during Professor Cox’s tenure have included receiving five-star ratings for six consecutive years for teaching quality, generic skills and overall satisfaction in the Good Universities Guide.
Professor Steve Chapman has been announced as Professor Cox’s replacement.
He is due to start in April, 2015.