Professor O’Connor was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia when Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove publicised the honours list on Monday (June 12).
“I am immensely proud of what we all have achieved at Griffith University and this award is recognition for all the dedicated staff who have made such a difference to the lives of our students.
“The growth of our University to stretch to five campuses in the south-east has ensured there are now more opportunities and options for those wanting to access higher education.”
Professor O’Connor is among almost 900 people to be recognised this year, a list made up of scientists, health professionals, academics, community leaders, community workers, artists and entertainers, and including renowned economist Ross Garnaut, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and ABC election analyst Antony Green.
“I certainly didn’t expect to be the recipient of such as distinguished honour, and I am so grateful to the Griffith community who have helped it grow to a university with more than 200,000 graduates,” Professor O’Connor said.
This year’s list also includes a number of recipients with connections to Griffith University including Professor Rajiv Khanna (AO), Professor Margaret Sheil (AO), Kos Sclavos (AM), Dr Roger Welch (OAM) and Dr Terry Coyne (OAM).