The University of Sydney this week announced the appointment of four new Fellows to its governing Senate, as well as the reappointment of two existing fellows.
Representing a diverse range of backgrounds, all six are graduates of the University who have developed leading careers across the fields of law, science and medical research, human resources, journalism, business and finance.
The appointments represent the end of a two-year process to update the structure of Senate that implements provisions in NSW legislation that are designed to facilitate best practice in governance and oversight.
“I am delighted our alumni community will continue to have such a strong representation on Senate,” said Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson AM, following a call for nominations that saw 86 high calibre individuals express an interest in joining Senate.
“Our new and reappointed Fellows bring a range of skills and perspectives that will be invaluable in Senate’s primary role: ensuring our University has strong governance and sound financial management so we can achieve our strategic priorities and improve our already world-class education and research.”
“The fact that so many alumni offered to volunteer their time to help build the future of our University reflects the enduring impact a Sydney education has on our students, and the platform it provides for them to succeed as leaders in whatever field they choose.”
From 1 December Senate will be comprised of 15 Fellows, 14 of whom are either staff, students or alumni of the University.
The new Fellows of Senate are:
They are joined by two existing Fellows of Senate, who will continue to serve on the reconstituted Senate.
Senate is now comprised of:
Belinda Hutchinson also paid tribute to outgoing fellows of Senate: Alec Brennan AM, Dr Barry Catchlove AM, Peter FitzSimons AM, Dorothy Hoddinott AO, Peter King, Kevin McCann AM, Dr Catriona Menzies-Pike and David Mortimer AO.
“I would particularly like to thank Alec Brennan for his service as Deputy Chancellor, and Dr Barry Catchlove, Peter FitzSimons, Dorothy Hoddinott, Kevin McCann and David Mortimer for serving as Pro-Chancellor.”
“Our Fellows have demonstrated selfless volunteering of their time and expertise which has contributed much to the present and future strengths of the University of Sydney, and our whole community owes them a debt of gratitude.”
As the governing body of the University, Senate has the functions conferred on it by the University of Sydney Act 1989 (NSW). It awards all degrees and diplomas, and oversees all major decisions concerning the conduct of the University, including staff appointments and welfare, student welfare and discipline, financial matters and the physical and academic development of the University.