“Mr Cook is a skilled leader with a deep understanding of, and appreciation for, higher education,” Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said.
“Universities have forged a strong working relationship with Mr Cook during his tenure as a deputy secretary overseeing higher education and research policy.
“We look forward to building on that as we begin the first comprehensive review of the higher education sector in more than a decade, and beyond.
“Universities Australia and our members offer our heartfelt thanks to Dr Michele Bruniges AM for her service to education and educators over her career, but especially in the very tough period since 2019.
“Dr Bruniges has a deep and broad knowledge and understanding of how to best improve systems that offer citizens, young and old, the opportunities to better their lives and the world around them.
“We send our best wishes for whatever she chooses to do next.”