Deans

The University of Sydney is divided into academic faculties, each headed by a dean, who is both scholar and administrator, and balances a variety of constituents including faculty, administration and students.

Between 1851 and 1911, there were a range of methods of selecting deans of faculties. Between 1912 and 1991, deans were elected by each Faculty. Since 1991, Senate has appointed deans following a selection process.

Updated 19 April 2013



Faculty of Agriculture and Environment

– Faculty of Agriculture (former): 
1920-1946  Professor Robert Dickie Watt, MA BSc Glas    
1946-1966 Professor John R A McMillan, MSc C'nell DScAgr Sydney 
1966-1967 Professor Irvine A Watson, BScAgr Sydney PhD Minn
1968-1971 Professor Keith O Campbell, AM, BScAgr Sydney PhD Chic MPA Harv             
1972-1983 Les Balaam, BSc Qld MSc Sydney
1983-1985 Professor John F Turner, MSc Sydney PhD ScD Camb,
1986-1987 Professor Michael G C Mullins, BSc R'dg PhD Lond DipAgric Camb
1987-1988 Professor Brian S Fisher, BScAgr PhD Sydney   
1988-2000 Professor Lester W Burgess, BScAgr PhD DipEd Sydney 

– Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (former):
 
2001-2007 Professor Les Copeland, BSc PhD Sydney, FRACI CChem 
2008-2012 Professor Mark Adams, BSc PhD Melbourne

– Faculty of Agriculture & Environment:
 
2012–  Professor Mark Adams, BSc PhD Melbourne

Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

– Faculty of Architecture (former): 
1920-1947  Professor Leslie Wilkinson, FRIBA FBAIA
1948-1963 Professor Henry I Ashworth, OBE, MA BArch Manc 
1964-1965 Professor Denis Winston, BArch Liv AM Harv, FRIBA MTPI FILA FAPI
1967 Professor Henry J Cowan, DEng PhD Sheff MSc Manc, FASCE MIStructE MIEAust
1968-1986 Professor Richard N Johnson, BArch Sydney, FRAlA ARIBA
1986-1997 Professor Warren Julian, BSc BE MSc(Arch) PhD DipBdgSc Sydney, LFIES ANZ IALD
1997-2005 Professor Gary T Moore, BArch Calif MA PhD Clark, RAIA PIA FAPA  

– Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning: 
2006-2007 Professor Thomas Kvan, MA Camb MArch Calif 'PhD Open(UK), FRICS AHKIA AAIA  
2007-2009 Professor Warren G Julian, BSc BE MSc(Arch) PhD DipBdgSc Sydney, LFIES ANZ IALD
2010 Professor Richard Hyde (Acting) 
2010– Professor John Redmond, BA CSAD MA(RCA) RCA DipID(Eng) CSAD, FRSA AADM FDIA           

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

– Faculty of Arts (former):  
1856-1866 Professor John Woolley, DCL Oxf 
1866-1877 Professor Maurice Pell, BA Camb
1877-1884 Professor Charles Badham, MA Oxf DD Camb HonLittD Ley
1884-1885 Professor John Smith, MD LLD Aberd
1885-1887
1891-1894
1897-1898
Professor Theodore T Gurney, MA Camb
1899-1914
1916-1919  
Professor Mungo MacCallum, MA LLD Glas HonDLitt Oxf
1914-1916
1920-1921
Professor Frances Anderson, MA Glas
1922-1925 Professor Ernest R Holme, MA Sydney
1926-1929 Professor William J Woodhouse, MA Oxf
1930-1937  Professor Frederick A Todd, BA Sydney PhD Jena
1937-1941 Professor Henry T Lovell. MA PhD Sydney
1942-1947 Professor Stephen H Roberts, MA LittD Melb DSc(Econ) Lond                                           
1950-1954
1963-1967
Professor Ralph B Farrell, MA Sydney DrPhil Berlin
1954-1955 Professor William M O'Neil, MA DipEd Sydney
1956-1961 Professor A John Dunston, BA Reading MA Camb
1962 Professor John M Ward, MA LLB Sydney
1963 Professor John L Mackie, BA Sydney MA Oxf
1968-1971 Professor H Leslie Rogers, MA Oxf
1972-1973 Professor Alex I Jones, MA LLB Sydney
1974-1977 Associate Professor R Ian Jack, MA Glas PhD Lond, FRHistS
1978-1979 Associate Professor John S Gunn, MA Sydney
1980-1985 Dr Patricia M Lahy, BA Sydney PhD Belf
1986-1989 Associate Professor Sybil M Jack, MA BLitt Oxf DipEd NE, FRHistS
1990-1996 Professor Paul J Crittenden, DD Catholic Inst Syd BLitt Oxf
1996-2001 Professor Bettina Cass, BA PhD UNSW
2001-2009 Professor Stephen R Garton, BA Sydney PhD UNSW, FAHA FASSA FRAHS                                  
2009-2010 Associate Professor Anne Dunn, BA PhD UC 
2010 Professor Duncan Ivison, BA McGill MSc PhD LSE         

– Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences:
 
2011– Professor Duncan Ivison, BA McGill MSc PhD LSE   

University of Sydney Business School

– Faculty of Economics (former): 
1920-1922           Professor Robert F Irvine, MA Sydney
1922-1945 Professor Richard C Mills, MA PhD Sydney
1946-1948 Professor Sydney J Butlin, BEc Sydney MA LittD Camb
1949 Professor Percy H Partridge, MA Sydney
1950-1971 Professor Sydney J Butlin, BEc Sydney MA LittD Camb
1972-1979 Geelum A J Simpson-Lee, BEc Sydney
1979 Associate Professor Kenneth I Turner, BA MEc DipEd Sydney (Acting)
1980-1988 Professor Stephen M Salsbury, AB Occidental AM PhD Harv
1988-1990 Professor Murray C Wells, MCom Cant PhD Sydney, FASSA FASA CPA
1990-1998 Professor Stephen M Salsbury, AB Occidental AM PhD Harv
1999-2000 Professor Peter W Wolnizer, BEc UTAS MEc PhD Sydney, FCA FCPA 

– Faculty of Economics & Business (former): 
2000-2010  Professor Peter W Wolnizer, BEc UTAS MEc PhD Sydney, FCA FCPA

– University of Sydney Business School: 
2011-2012 Professor Tyrone Carlin, MCom UNSW LLM Sydney PhD Macquarie, GradDipFin SIA, CA CPA FFin MFP  (Acting)
2012-2013 Professor Geoffrey Garrett, BA ANU MA PHD Duke, FASSA
2012– Professor Tyrone Carlin, MCom UNSW LLM Sydney PhD Macquarie, GradDipFin SIA, CA CPA FFin MFP  (Co-Dean, Programs & Infrastructure)
2012–       Professor David Grant, BA Essex MSc PhDLondon (Co-Dean, Academic)

Faculty of Dentistry

1921-1934  Professor Richard F Reading, MRCSEd LRCP LDS Eng
1934-1964 Professor Alwyn J Arnott, DDSc Sydney, FACD FICD
1964-1970 Professor John S Lyell, MDS Sydney, FACD
1970-1988 Professor Noel D Martin, MDS Sydney, FACD FAPHA FICD FRACDS AIAOP                 
1989-1990 Professor W Roderic (Rory) Hume, BDSc BDS PhD Adel
1992-1998 Professor Ivan J Klineberg, AM, RFD, BSc MDS Sydney PhD Lond, FRACDS FDSRCS HCD
1998-2003  Professor Keith S Lester, MDS PhD DDSc Sydney, FRACDS FICD
2003-2004 Professor Ivan J Klineberg, AM, RFD, BSc MDS Sydney PhD Lond, FRACDS FDSRCS HCD
2004-2009 Professor Eli Schwarz KOD, MPH Jerusalem PhD DDS Copenhagen, FHKAM FCDHK FACD  
2010–       Professor Chris Peck, MScDent Sydney PhD BrCol GradDipScMed (Pain) Sydney, GAIC                  

Faculty of Education and Social Work

– Faculty of Education (former): 
1968-1994  Professor Clifford Turney, BA MEd PhD Sydney
1994-1996 Professor Kenneth J Eltis, BA NE MA PhD Macq DipEd UNSW
1996-1997 Professor Geoffrey E Sherington, BA Sydney MA UNSW PhD McMaster (Acting)
1997-2003 Professor Geoffrey E Sherington, BA Sydney MA UNSW PhD McMaster 

– Faculty of Education & Social Work:
 
2003 Professor Robyn Ewing, BEd PhD Sydney (Acting)
2003-2004 Associate Professor Gerard Sullivan, BBSc DipEd LaT MA PhD Hawaii (Acting)
2004-2008 Professor Derrick Armstrong, BA Lond MA PhD Lanc
2009-2010 Professor Robyn Ewing, BEd PhD Sydney (Acting)
2010-2013 Professor Robert J Tierney, MEd PhD Georgia
2013– Professor Fran Waugh, BSW UNSW PhD GradCertHighE Sydney (Acting)

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies

– Faculty of Engineering (former): 
1920-1924  Professor William Henry Warren, MInstCE
1924-1933 Professor Sir Henry Barraclough, BE Sydney MME C'nell, HonMIMechE HonMIEAust HonFSE  
1934-1935 Professor William A Miller, BSc ME Sydney, AssocMInstCE
1936-1941 Professor Sir Henry Barraclough, BE Sydney MME C'nell, HonMIMechE HonMIEAust HonFSE
1942-1948 Professor Sir John Madsen, Kt Bach, BE Sydney DSc Adel 
1949-1956 Professor Arthur V Stephens, MA Camb, FRAeS 
1957-1959 Professor David M Myers, BSc DScEng Sydney, FInstP MIEE MIEAust
1960-1962 Professor Jack W Roderick, MA Camb PhD MSc Brist, AMInstCE AFRAeS MIEAust FAA  
1963-1964 Professor William H Wittrick, MA Camb PhD Sydney, FRAeS AFAIAA FAA
1965-1967 Professor Peter T Fink, BE Sydney, FRAeS MAIAA
1968-1974 Professor Jack W Roderick, MA Camb PhD MSc Brist, AMInstCE AFRAeS MIEAust FAA
1974-1977 Professor Denison Campbell-Allen, MA Camb, AFRAeS FIEAust
1978-1981 Associate Professor Philip B Jones, BE MEngSc PhD Sydney, FIEAust 
1982-1997 Associate Professor John R Glastonbury, BE MEngSc PhD Sydney, FIChemE FAIE MAusIMM CEng
1997-2004  Professor Judy A Raper,  BE PhD UNSW, CPEng FIChemE FIEAust
2004-2006 Professor Gregory J Hancock, BE BSc PhD DEng Sydney, FTSE FIEAust CPEng

– Faculty of Engineering & Information Technologies: 
 
2006-2009 Professor Gregory J Hancock, BE BSc PhD DEng Sydney, FTSE FIEAust CPEng 
2009– Professor Archie Johnston, PhD H-W, FTSE FIEAust EngExec FICE FAICD 

Faculty of Health Sciences

1991-1997 Professor Judith Kinnear, MSc PhD Melbourne BEd La Trobe GradDipComputerSim SIT 
1997-1998 Professor Elaine Cornell, MA Macq DipAppSc Cwmfe.DOBA (Acting) 
1998-2004 Professor Hal Kendig, AB Calif MPL PhD SCalif FASSA
2005-2012        Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn, BA MEd UNE PhD Sydney DipContEd UNE DipOT
NSWCollOT 
2012– Professor Kathryn Refshauge, DipPhty GradDipManipTher MBiomedE PhD

Faculty of Law (Sydney Law School)

1890-1910  Professor W Pitt Cobbett, MA DCL Oxf 
1910-1942 Professor John B Peden, BA LLB Sydney 
1942-1946 Professor James Williams, LLM NZ PhD Camb
1946-1947 R Clive Teece, MA LLB Sydney (Acting)
1947-1973 Professor Keith Shatwell, MA BCL Oxf
1974-1977 Professor David Benjafield, LLB Sydney DPhil Oxf 
1978-1979 Professor Dyson Heydon, BA Sydney BCL MA Oxf
1980-1985 John Mackinolty, LLM Melb
1986-1989 Professor Colin Phegan, BA LLM Sydney  LLM Mich
1990-1992 Professor James Crawford, BA LLB Adel DPhil Oxf
1992-1993 Associate Professor Alex Ziegert, DPhil Mun (Acting) 
1993-1994 Professor Colin Phegan, BA LLM Sydney  LLM Mich (Acting)
1994-1997 Professor David Weisbrot, BA CUNY JD UCLA
1998-1999 Associate Professor Rosalind Atherton, BA LLB Sydney AMusA AMEB PhD UNSW (Acting)
1999-2001 Professor Jeremy Webber, BA UBC LLB BCL McGill LLM York 
2002-2007 Professor Ron McCallum, BJur LLB Monash LLM Qu 
2007-2012 Professor Gillian Triggs, LLB PhD Melb LLM SMU 
2012 Professor Greg Tolhurst, LLM Syd PhD UNSW DipLaw SAB (Acting)
2013– Professor Joellen Riley, MA LLB (Hons I) PhD DipEd (Secondary) Sydney BCL (Hons I) Oxf DipMgt MGSM 

Faculty of Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

1856-1883  Professor John Smith, CMG MD HonLLD Aberd
1883-1920 Professor Thomas Anderson Stuart, MD HonLLD Edin HonDSc Durham MD Melb
1920 Professor James T Wilson, BA MSc Melb PhD Sydney, FRAS
1920-1925 Professor Arthur E Mills, MB ChM Sydney
1926-1929 Professor David A Welsh, BSc MA MD Edin. FRCPEd
1930-1931 Professor John C Windeyer, MD ChM Sydney, FRACS FRCOC MRCS LRCP
1932-1935 Professor Charles Bickerton Blackburn, BA Adel MD ChM HonDLitt Sydney HonDLitt UNE
HonDSc Tas, NSW & Qld HonLLD Melb & WAust
1936-1938 Professor Harold Dew, MB BS Melb, FRCS FACS FRACS
1939 Professor John C Windeyer, MD ChM Sydney, FRACS FRCOC MRCS LRCP
1940-1952 Professor Edward Ford, BS MD Melb DPH Lond DTM, FZS FRSanI FRACP
1957-1959 Professor Bruce Toomba Mayes, MVO, MB BS Sydney, FRCSEd FRACS FRCOG
1960-1965 Professor Frank R Magarey, MD BS Adel, HonFRACS FCPath MRCP MCPA
1966-1971 Professor John Loewenthal, MB BS Sydney MS Melb, FRCS FRACS FACS HonFACS HonFR
CSEd FCS(SA)
1972-1974 Professor David C Maddison, MB BS DPM Sydney, FANZCP FRACP
1974-1989 Professor Richard Spencer Butler Gye, AO, MA DPhil Oxf MB BS BSc(Med) HonMD Sydney,
FRCS FRACS
1989-1997 Professor John A Young, BSc(Path) MD BS DSc Qld, FRACP
1997-2003 Professor Stephen Ross Leeder, BSc(Med) MB BS PhD Sydney, FRACP FFCM
2003-2006 Professor Andrew Coats, DM MA Oxf MB BChir Cantab DSc Lond MBA LondBus, FRACP
FRCP FESC FACC FAHA FCSANZ
2007–    Professor Bruce G Robinson, MD BS MSc Sydney, FRACP 

Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery (Sydney Nursing School)

– Faculty of Nursing (former): 
1991 Associate Professor Rosalie Pratt, RN CM, BA Macq MHPEd NSW DNE Cumb, FCN(NSW) FRCNA (Acting)
1991-1999 Professor R Lynette Russell, RN CM, BA PhD N'cle(NSW) DNE NSWCN, FCN FRCNA MACE
2000-2005  Professor Jocalyn Lawler, RN, BSocSc MEd UNE PhD UNSW AssDipNursEd ACAE, FCN(NSW)

Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery:  
2005-2008 Professor Jocalyn Lawler, RN, BSocSc MEd UNE PhD UNSW AssDipNursEd ACAE, FCN(NSW) 
2008–        Professor Jill White, AM RN RM, PhD Adelaide MEd Sydney BEd SACAE AssocDip Cumb

Faculty of Pharmacy

2000-2006 Professor S I (Charlie) Benrimoj, BPharm PhD Bradford, MPS
2006–        Professor Iqbal Ramzan, MSc PhD Sydney DipPharm CIT(NZ)      

(former) Faculty of Rural Management

2000 Ross H Wilson, BAgEc MEc GradDipTertiaryEd GradDipFinMan NE, ASA (Acting)
2001-2005  Professor Kevin A Parton, BCom Liv MSc(AgEcon) N'cle(UK) PhD GradDipEconStats NE  

Faculty of Science

1879-1904 Professor Archibald Liversidge, MA Camb LLD Glas, FRS
1904-1908 Professor Tannatt W Edgeworth David, MA HonDSc Oxf, FRS
1908 Francis H Leverrier, BA BSc Sydney (Acting) 
1908-1912 Professor William H Warren, MInstCE
1912-1919 Professor William A Haswell, MA DSc Edin, FRS
1920-1923 Professor Tannatt W Edgeworth David, MA HonDSc Oxf, FRS
1924-1929 Professor Charles E Fawsitt, DSc Edin PhD Leipzig
1930-1933  Professor Theodore G B Osborn, DSc Manc
1934-1936 Professor John C Earl, PhD StAnd DSc Adel, FIC
1937-1938 Professor William J Dakin, DSc Liv & WAust, FLS FZS  
1939-1941  Professor Oscar U Vonwiller, BSc Sydney
1942-1944  Professor Leo A Cotton, MA DSc Sydney 
1945-1948 Professor Henry Priestley, BSc MD ChM Sydney
1949-1952  Professor Norman A Burges, PhD Camb MSc Sydney, FLS  
1952-1956 Professor Thomas G Room, ScD Camb, FRS FAA  
1956-1959  Professor Jack L Still, PhD Camb BSc Sydney
1960-1965  Professor Thomas G Room, ScD Camb, FRS FAA  
1966-1967 Professor Charles W Shoppee, DrPhil Basel DSc PhD Lond, FRIC FRS FRACI FAA    
1968-1968 Professor George H Dury, MA PhD Lond, FGS
1969 Professor Albert E Alexander, MA ScD PhD Camb BSc Reading, FRACI FAA
1970-1974 Professor Stuart T Butler, PhD Birm MSc Adel DSc ANU, FAA
1975-1982 Associate Professor John R Simons, MSc Sydney PhD Lond
1983-1984  Professor Ronald A Anderson, BSc AUAPharm Adel PhD Sydney, FPS
1985-1986 Associate Professor Arnold L Hunt, BSc PhD Adel
1987-1993 Associate Robert G Hewitt, BSc PhD Sydney 
1993-1999 Professor Robert G Hewitt, BSc PhD Sydney 
1995-1997 Associate Professor Helen Beh, BA MSc PhD (Acting)
1999-2003  Professor Beryl L Hesketh, BA C'Town MA Well PhD Massey, FAPsS
2004 Associate Professor Merlin Crossley, BSc MeIb DPhil Oxf  (Acting)
2004-2010  Professor David A Day, BSc PhD Adel DipTeach Adelaide TC   
2010– Professor Trevor Hambley, BSc UWA PhD Adelaide, FRACI CChem

Sydney College of the Arts

1990-2001 Professor Richard Dunn, MArt RCA (Director)
2001 Professor Margaret E Harris, MA Sydney PhD Lond (Acting Director) 
2002-2005 Professor Ron Newman, ASTC NAS GradDipHEd UNSW, HLFDIA  (Director & Dean)
2005– Professor Colin Rhodes, BA Lond MA PhD Essex, GAICD (Dean)   

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

1990-1991 Professor John Hopkins, OBE (Director) 
1992-1994 Professor Ronald Smart, DSCM MMus Cinc DMA SCalif (Principal
1994-1995 Professor Roslyn Pesman (Acting Principal)
1995-2003 Professor Sharman Pretty, BMus Adel (Principal to 2002; then Principal & Dean)
2004 Associate Professor Peter McCallum, DSCM BMus Dunelm MMus Lond PhD Sydney (Acting Principal & Dean)
2004-2011 Professor Kim Walker, EPNL Stan Premier Prix de Virtuosité Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve Premier Prix de Virtuosité Curtis (Dean)
2011-2012 Professor Anna Reid, BMus MEdAdmin UNE PhD UTS (Acting Dean & Principal) 
2012–           Professor Karl Kramer, BME Temple University MM Yale DMA Manhattan School of Music

Faculty of Veterinary Science

1920-1939 Professor J Douglas Stewart, BVSc Edin, FRCVS
1940-1946 Professor Ian Clunies Ross, DVSc Sydney  
1947-1953 Professor Harold R Carne, DVSc Sydney 
1954-1958 Professor Reginald M C Gunn, BScAgr DVSc Sydney  
1960-1961 Professor Harold R Carne, DVSc Sydney 
1962-1963 Professor David McFarlane, BSc Glas, MRCVS
1964-1969 Associate Professor Robert V S Bain, BVSc MSc Adel
1970-1973 Professor Rex M Butterfield, MVSc Sydney PhD DVSc Qld, FACVSc
1973-1977 Professor Clifford H Gallagher, PhD Lond DVSc Sydney, FACVSc
1978-1979 Professor Marshall J Edwards, MVSc Liv PhD DVS Sydney, MRCVS MACVSc
1980-1983 Professor John R Egerton, BVSc Qld DipBact Lond, MACVSc MASM  
1984-1985 Professor Donald A Tichen, BVSc Sydney MA PhD ScD Camb 
1985-1994 Professor Marshall J Edwards, MVSc Liv PhD DVS Sydney, MRCVS MACVSc
1995-1998 Professor David R Fraser, BVSc Sydney PhD Camb 
1998-2003 Professor Reuben J Rose, DVSc PhD DipVetAn Sydney, FRCVS FACBS 
2004 Professor Paul J Canfield, BVSc PhD DVSc GradCertEdStud, FACVSc FRCPath MRCVS (Acting) 
2004-2009 Professor Leo Jeffcott, MA Camb BVetMed PhD Lond DVSc MeIb VetMedDr Uppsala, FRCVS  
2009–          Professor Rosanne Taylor, BVSc DipVetClinStud PhD GradCertHighE Sydney