7. Sandra Harding
Regarded by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Premier Anna Bligh as one of the best university vicechancellors in the country. She has overseen enormous growth at James Cook University since taking over four years ago. Prof Harding is determined to make JCU one of the foremost tropical science research institutions in the world. She is a tremendous asset for North Queensland and is highly sought after for board roles, with government and private enterprise.