Vice-Chancellors

Between 1850 and 1924, the Vice-Chancellor (Vice-Provost until 1860) was elected annually by the Fellows of the Senate from its members.

Since 1924, the Vice-Chancellor has been appointed by Senate. The Vice-Chancellor is principal executive officer of the University, with responsibility for promoting the interests and furthering the development of the University. The title of Vice-Chancellor was changed to Vice-Chancellor and Principal in 1955.


Elected

– Vice-Provosts: 
1851-1853 Sir Charles Nicholson Bt, MD Edin HonDCL Oxf HonLLD Camb
1854-1860 The Hon Francis Lewis Shaw Merewether, BA Camb
– Vice-Chancellors: 
1860-1862 The Hon Francis Lewis Shaw Merewether, BA Camb 
1863-1965 The Hon Edward Deas-Thomson KCMG CB
1865-1869 The Hon John Hubert Plunkett, BA Dub 
1869-1883 The Rev Canon Robert Allwood,  BA Camb
1883-1886 The Hon Sir William Charles Windeyer, MA Sydney HonLLD Camb 
1887-1889
1895-1896
The Hon Sir Henry Normand MacLaurin, MA LLD StAnd MD LLD Edin 
1889-1891
1900-1902
1906-1908
The Hon Sir Arthur Renwick, BA Sydney MD Edin
1891-1892  Henry Chamberlain Russell CMG, BA Sydney, FRS
1892-1894
1896-1899
1911-1914
His Honour Judge Alfred Paxton Backhouse, MA Sydney
1902-1904 The Hon Mr Justice Archibald Henry Simpson, MA Camb 
1904-1906  Sir Philip Sydney Jones, MD Lond
1909-1911 The Hon Sir William Portus Cullen KCMG, MA LLD Sydney
1914-1917
1921-1923
Frank Leverrier KC, BA BSc Sydney
1917-1919
1923-1924 
Cecil Purser, BA MB ChM Sydney
1919-1921 The Hon Sir David Gilbert Ferguson,  BA Sydney

Appointed

– Vice-Chancellors: 
1924-1928 Professor Sir Mungo William MacCallum KCMG, MA Glas LLD Sydney HonDLitt Oxf 
1928-1947 Sir Robert Strachan Wallace, BA Oxf MA LLD Aberd LLD
1947-1955 Emeritus Professor Sir Stephen Henry Roberts CMG, MA LittD Melb DSc(Econ) Lond
HonLLD Brist, Br Col & McG HonDCL Durh HonDLitt UNE 
– Vice-Chancellor and Principals:
1955-1967 Emeritus Professor Sir Stephen Henry Roberts CMG, MA LittD Melb DSc(Econ) Lond
HonLLD Brist, Br Col & McG HonDCL Durh HonDLitt UNE  
1967-1981 Professor Sir Bruce Rodda Williams KBE, BA Melb MA Adel MA(Econ) Manc HonDLitt Keele
HonLLD Melb & Manc HonDEcon Qld HonDSc Aston HonDLitt Sydney, HonFIE Aust FASSA 
1981-1990 Professor John Manning Ward AO, MA LLB DUniv Sydney HonDLitt Waseda, FAHA FASSA FRAHS  
1990-1996 Professor Donald McNicol, BA Adel PhD Camb
1996 Professor Derek John Anderson, BSc Nott PhD Wales, FLS
1996-2008 Professor Gavin Brown AO,  MA StAnd PhD Newcastle(UK) HonLLD StAnd & Dundee, FAA CorrFRSE
2008–  Dr Michael Spence, BA LLB Sydney DPhil PGDipTheol Oxf