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Secretaries to Senate

Dr William Adams

Dr William Adams was Registrar and Secretary to Senate from 1998 to 2008, and has been Secretary to Senate since 2008.


Registrar and Secretary to Senate 1998 - 2008
Secretary to Senate 2008 -

His career at the University of Sydney

Dr Adams was appointed Registrar in 1998. Immediately before this appointment he was Director, Student Services at the University of Sydney, prior to which he held a number of academic and general staff appointments at the University of New South Wales.

As Registrar Dr Adams had management responsibility in the areas of: Undergraduate marketing and recruitment, admissions, enrolments, class timetabling, examinations, student records, graduations, student welfare and support services, corporate records management, FOI and privacy, secretariat and elections. As Registrar, Dr Adams was also Secretary to Senate and to the Academic Board.

Dr Adams retired as Registrar on 31 July 2008. At Dr Adams' final graduation ceremony held at 11.30am on 13 June 2008, the Chancellor read a tribute to Dr Adams.


Registrar Dr William Adams (on left) at the Beijing Banquet, 3 September 2005, photo, courtesy University of Sydney.


Chair of the Academic Board, Professor Bruce Sutton, presented Dr Adams, retiring Registrar and Secretary to the Academic Board, with a farewell gift on the occasion of his final meeting of the Academic Board on 2 July 2008, photo, University Secretariat.


Response by Registrar Dr Adams at his farewell in 2008, photo, copyright Carmen Lee Spiers of Encapture Photography


Emeritus Professor Ken Eltis, retiring Registrar Dr Adams, Chancellor her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir and Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence at Dr Adams' farewell, photo, copyright Carmen Lee Spiers of Encapture Photography.

Dr Adams was appointed Secretary to Senate later in 2008.