Fellows of Senate
Professor Sir Bruce Rodda Williams KBE
Professor Sir Bruce Rodda Williams KBE was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, and therefore an ex-officio Fellow of Senate, from 1967 to 1981.
He served as a Fellow of Senate appointed by the Minister from 1994 to 1997.
(1919 - 2010)
KBE, BA Melb MA Adel MA(Econ) Manc HonDLitt Keele & Sydney HonLLD Melb & Manc HonDEcon Qld HonDSc Aston, FASSA
Vice-Chancellor and ex-officio Fellow of Senate 1967 - 1981
Fellow of Senate 1994 - 1997
Chair, Senate's Finance Committee: 1994 - 1997
His early years
Bruce Rodda Williams was born at Warrigal. Victoria and educated at Wesley College and the University of Melbourne.
After academic positions in Adelaide, Belfast and North Staffordshire he became professor of economics at Manchester and a consultant to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
While in England he took part in the creation of two innovative universities, at Keele and Lancaster. He also became economic advisor to the Ministry of Technology and a member of the Prices and Incomes Board - an experience that influenced his views as a board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia from 1969 to 1981.
He returned to Australia in 1967 to become Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, an office he held from 1967 to 1981.
He was knighted Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for services to education and government in 1980.
Sir Bruce returned to England for a period to direct the New Technical Change Centre and was a visiting professor at Imperial College.
He was keenly interested in a wide variety of cultural affairs and was chair of the Sydney International Piano Competition Australia from 1988 to 2003. He also helped establish the Cladan Cultural Exchange Institute of Australia, which he chaired from 1976 to 1982.
Sir Bruce was a prolific writer and the author of 13 books on industry, investment and education.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney 1967 - 1981
He returned to Australia in 1967 to become Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, an office he held from 1967 to 1981. His period in charge coincided with the rise of student radicalism and protests against the Vietnam War.
During his tenure he was chair of the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee from 1972 to 1974, and chaired several important national government enquiries. He was president of the Committee of Enquiry into Education and Training (1976 - 1979), and chair of the Review of the Discipline of Engineering (1987 - 1988).
Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
The degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) was conferred upon Professor Sir Bruce Williams in 1982 - details.
His membership of Senate
He continued to take a keen interest in the affairs of the University and later served as a fellow of the University Senate, appointed by the Minister for Education from 1994 to 1997, during which period he chaired the Senate's Finance Committee.
Sadly Sir Bruce Williams passed away in August 2010.
A memorial ceremony to celebrate his life was held in the Great Hall on Monday 23 August 2010.