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Mark Scott AO

Our 27th Vice-Chancellor

Mark Scott AO has been appointed the 27th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney and will commence a five-year term on 19 July 2021.

Mark Scott AO

Mark is a proud alumnus of the University and holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Education, a Master of Arts (Political Science and Government), an Honorary Doctorate (Letters) and a Professor of Practice (Education and Media) from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of NSW and University of Technology Sydney.

Mark is a highly-effective, respected and successful senior leader with a demonstrated commitment to serving the Australian community. Throughout his career he has led large and complex public-facing public sector institutions. Since 2016 he has served as Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, and achievements under his leadership include:

  • securing a record 10-year funding agreement for public schools
  • creation of School Infrastructure NSW to deliver an additional 160,000 classroom places
  • establishment of the School Leadership Institute to train and develop aspiring school principals across the state
  • establishment of policies around the protection and expansion of Aboriginal languages in NSW schools.

From 2006 to 2016, Mark was Managing Director of the ABC and led the reinvention of the national broadcaster for the digital era. Under his leadership, the ABC pioneered a host of new services including iview, News 24, ABC3 and digital radio; and expanded online and mobile services, including podcasting and ABC News online.

Mark is an accomplished communicator and has previously held a number of senior editorial roles within the Australian media, including Education Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and Group Editorial Director of Fairfax media. He has written and spoken extensively on topics including organisational responses to the impacts of change; leadership and cultural reform. Mark has written a number of books including On Us, published in 2019.

Strong intellectual curiosity, courage and integrity are key elements of his personal ethos. Mark holds a number of governance and executive board memberships in media, education and social welfare organisations. He was named an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011.