University of Sydney begins global search for new Vice-Chancellor

4 May 2020
The University of Sydney has started advertising for its new Vice-Chancellor and Principal. Advertisements for the role will start appearing from today in Australia and around the world.
The role of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal is fundamental in ensuring the ongoing success of the University of Sydney.
Chancellor, Belinda Hutchinson AM

Chancellor, Belinda Hutchinson AM, said the Vice-Chancellor and Principal is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the University and its engagement with the wider community.

“The role of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal is fundamental in ensuring the ongoing success of the University of Sydney.  It is even more critical now as we navigate our way through this particularly challenging time for higher education created by COVID-19,” said the Chancellor.

“We will be looking for someone who will be able to inspire and lead our community and ensure we sustain and build on our capacity and reputation for world-leading teaching and research.”

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal, supported by a senior executive team, is responsible for shaping and realising the overall aspirations and strategic intent of the University, in close consultation with the Chancellor and other Fellows of Senate, senior leaders and the Academic Board.

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal also plays a crucial role in representing the University both domestically and internationally, interacting with government, industry and the not for profit sector, developing philanthropic relationships and influencing the development of higher education in Australia.

In February, current Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Michael Spence AC, announced he will conclude his term in December 2020 to take up the role as President and Provost of University College London from January 2021.

Since then the University’s Senate has initiated recruitment for the role and appointed specialist search firm Perrett Laver to assist with the process.

The Senate has established a Vice‑Chancellor Selection Committee to oversee the recruitment process.  This Committee is seeking feedback from the University community about the qualities of the role that are most important.  The Senate will make the final decision on the appointment of the new Vice-Chancellor on the Committee’s recommendation.   The University expects to complete the recruitment process by the end of the year subject to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

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