Vice-Chancellor Prof Gavin Brown remains at the helm

2 August 2005

Professor Gavin Brown will continue as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney, until July 2008.

The extension of Professor Brown’s contract follows a unanimous decision taken last night by the University’s Senate at its regular August meeting.

The Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Kim Santow, said he was delighted with the decision, as indeed was every member of Senate.

“Under Professor Gavin Brown’s leadership, the University of Sydney has re-established and consolidated its position as a leading university both in Australia and in world terms,” the Chancellor said. “We are keen that he continues in this vital role with inspiration and vigour as the University pursues its next strategic plan and broadens and deepens its international impact.”

Professor Brown took up his position as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney on 1 July 1996. During his tenure the University of Sydney has reasserted its leadership role as a major research intensive university and the university of first choice of more students in New South Wales, than any other university.

He is an executive board member of the Australian government’s Business, Industry and Higher Education Round Table and was the inaugural Chairman of the Group of Eight, Australia’s leading research universities. He is a former Vice-President of the Australian Academy of Science, and a former Council member of the Australian Research Council.
Professor Brown is currently President of the international group of universities Academic Consortium 21 (AC21) a network of educational, research and industrial organisations in Asia, the United States and Europe.  He is also the Vice-Chair of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), a group of 36 leading research universities in the Pacific Rim of which the University of Sydney is one of only two Australian members.

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