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Secretaries to Senate

Keith Lynden Jennings

Keith Lynden Jennings served as Registrar of the University of Sydney from 1983 to 1993. The position of Registrar included the role of Secretary to Senate.


BA MEd DUniv Sydney
Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Registrar (1983–1986)
Registrar and Deputy Principal (1986–1993)
Acting Deputy Principal and Bursar (1991–1993)


Keith Jennings worked as a teacher taking his BA part-time and, while serving a short-term commission in the RAAF, a Master of Education degree at the University of Sydney.

He then joined the Commonwealth Public Service in the 1960s and became Head of Research in the Commonwealth Department of Education and Science.

In 1970 he won a Public Service Award for overseas work, which took him to the London School of Economics for one and a half years. Here he worked at the Higher Education Unit, where he was involved with a number of research projects concerned with planning for higher education on a manpower basis, a cost-benefit basis and a social demand basis.

On his return Jennings was appointed Secretary of the Universities Commission (forerunner of the Tertiary Education Commission), during which time he had many dealings with universities and was involved 'at the workface' with policy and funding issues.

He was on the Sydney University staff for twelve months to May 1976 in the position of Assistant Principal, helping to plan and administer the University's financial affairs, until he joined the University of New South Wales as Registrar.

He subsequently moved to the Australian Broadcasting Commission, rising to the position of Assistant General Manager (Management Services) before his appointment as ABC General Manager.

His career at the University of Sydney

On 20 June 1983 Jennings returned to the University of Sydney when he took up his appointment as Registrar of the University, replacing Dr Ken Knight, who resigned in July 1982 to become Principal of the Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education.

He retired from the University on 19 February 1993 after almost ten years as Registrar. At two farewell functions, on Monday 8 February in the Great Hall and on Friday 12 February in the Williams Pavilion, he thanked colleagues and friends for all their support over the years.


Registrar Keith Jennings in the 1980s, photo G3_224_2408, University of Sydney Archives.


Registrar Keith Jennings at the Staff Welfare Picnic in 1985, photo G77_1_0772, University of Sydney Archives.


Registrar Keith Jennings in the centre of the main table, with Vice-Chancellor Professor John Ward on the right, at a meeting in the 1980s, photo G77_1_0634, University of Sydney Archives.


Registrar Keith Jennings (left) at the Senate meeting on 4 December 1989, photo G77_1_929, University Archives.


From left Registrar Keith Jennings, Brother Anthony Duncan, Vice-Chancellor Professor Don McNicol and Professor John A Young at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between St John of God Hospitals and the University, 1992, photo G3_224_2102, Univerisity of Sydney Archives.


Registrar Keith Jennings speaking at his Farewell Dinner on 23 February 1993, photo G77_1_1037 , University of Sydney Archives.

His subsequent career

He took up the position of the first Registrar of the University of Western Sydney, MacArthur on 22 March 1993.

Doctor of the University of Sydney

Jennings was made a Doctor of the University of Sydney on 25 February 1994.


Keith Jennings after conferral of the award of Doctor of the University in 1994, photo, University of Sydney Archives.

From 'The University of Sydney News'