Professor Marie Bashir elected University Chancellor
30 April 2007
Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, is to be the next Chancellor of The University of Sydney.
Professor Bashir, who continues as Governor, was today formally elected to the honorary position by The University Senate. She will take up her new role as the University's seventeenth Chancellor in June, replacing Justice Kim Santow who is stepping down after five and a half years in the position.
One of Australia's most prominent academics and public figures, Professor Bashir has a long association and active involvement with The University of Sydney.
"The University of Sydney community is delighted to be welcoming her home," said Vice-Chancellor Professor Gavin Brown. "Professor Bashir has made an enormous contribution to this University over many years since her days as a pioneering student and academic and we look forward to working with her in her new role."
Prior to her appointment as Governor on 1 March 2001, she held a senior position as clinical professor of psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University from 1993 to 2001.
During that period she was also the area director for mental health services in the Central Sydney Area Health Service and from 1996 to 2001 was senior consultant psychiatrist with the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern and Kempsey.
A graduate of The University of Sydney, with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (1956), Professor Bashir has been a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists since 1971.
As well as her extensive professional involvement in community and indigenous health, juvenile justice and mental health issues, Professor Bashir has always found time to be involved with a range of activities at this University.
From 1972 to 2000 she was a teacher, lecturer and mentor to medical undergraduates and post-graduates at The University of Sydney and other universities. She was actively involved in supervising and mentoring international postgraduate medical scholars from Thailand and Vietnam.
Professor Bashir is the Patron of Hoc Mai, The Australia-Vietnam Medical Trust, established between the Hanoi Medical School and The University of Sydney as a collaborative program of higher education in clinical medicine and research. She is also Patron of the Australian Lebanese Foundation which provides scholarships and supports academic and student exchange between The University of Sydney and the Lebanese University.
She was chairman of the Council of The Women's College from 1983 to 1992, continuing her long association with the college, first as a student from 1950 to 1955, including a year as senior student in 1954, and then serving on the council for several years.
Professor Bashir has a strong interest in music and studied violin for many years at the Conservatorium of Music. She is Patron of both the Conservatorium and the Graduate Choir of the University.
Professor Bashir was awarded an Honorary degree of Doctor of Medicine from The University of Sydney in 2002 to mark the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of the University. Full details and citation available: http://www.usyd.edu.au/senate/committees/advisoryBashir.shtml
Professor Bashir's appointment as Chancellor of The University of Sydney is for a period of four years commencing on 1 June 2007.
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