Uni of Adelaide Chancellor re-appointed for two years

Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, the Hon. Robert Hill

Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, the Hon. Robert Hill
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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

The Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, the Hon. Robert Hill, has been reappointed for a further two-year term to July 2014.

Mr Hill commenced as Chancellor in 2010, succeeding the Hon Justice John von Doussa QC, and is the University's 15th Chancellor since its establishment in 1874.

Mr Hill said he was honoured to lead the University's Council for another term and he particularly looked forward to overseeing the University's plans for the future.

"It is a great privilege to be part of such an iconic place of higher learning."

The forthcoming retirement of current Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor James McWha AO, will mark the first change in leadership of the University in a decade.

"This is a watershed year for the University," said the Deputy Chancellor, Mrs Pamela Martin.

"With the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor in 2012, it is imperative that the continuity and vision be maintained at the highest levels."

"The higher education sector is also going through a transformation as the first group of students commence studies in a market driven system. We must position ourselves to be flexible and responsive to those shifting paradigms."

"Robert brings to the position of Chancellor a unique insight and knowledge of the sector on a state, national and international basis."

A University of Adelaide graduate in Arts and Law, Mr Hill is known locally, nationally and internationally having been a former Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations and a former Australian federal politician.

He is an Adjunct Professor in Sustainability within the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Before entering politics, Mr Hill was a barrister and solicitor having gained a masters degree in law from the University of London. His long political career, from 1981 until 2006, included 10 years as the Leader of the Government in the Senate from March 1996 until his resignation in January 2006.


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