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Peter Wolnizer OAM

Peter Wolnizer

Professor Emeritus

H69 - Codrington Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Peter William Wolnizer served as Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business at The University of Sydney from 1999-2010 and as Professor of Accounting until his retirement at the end of 2011. Under his leadership, the Faculty was twice accredited by AACSB International and EQUIS, and chosen as the Australian member of the prestigious CEMS Global Alliance in Management Education. The University of Sydney Senate conferred on him the title Professor Emeritus taking effect from the date of his retirement.

Prior to returning to The University of Sydney, where he had been a lecturer and senior lecturer over eleven years, Professor Wolnizer served as Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University (1991-1998) following his appointment as Foundation Professor of Accounting and Finance in 1989.   He was a Reader in Accounting at the University of Tasmania from 1987-88. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Kansas, University of Glasgow, Czech Management Center, University of Canterbury and Korea University; and a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Utah.

Professor Wolnizer was appointed Chairman of the International Accounting Education Standards Board (2012-14), having served as the first Australian member (2004-06).  He served on the Board of Directors of AACSB International (2006-11), Council of the Association of Asia Pacific Business Schools (2004-10) and as President of the Australian Business Deans Council (2004-05).  He was a member of Australia's Corporations and Securities Panel (1994-99).

His service to the wider educational community has included membership of the Councils of Scotch College (Melbourne), The Scots College (Sydney) and Moore College.  He has extensive international experience of chairing accreditation reviews of business schools and universities for AACSB International, EQUIS and government agencies.

Professor Wolnizer was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List 'for service to higher education in business and economics as an academic and administrator'.