Australia: Marie Bashir, first woman governor of NSW, appointed chancellor of University of Sydney Print E-mail

The Sydney Morning Herald -- Breaking News 11:49PM Aril 30 2007

Bashir named Uni of Sydney chancellor

NSW Governor Marie Bashir has been elected as the next chancellor of The University of Sydney.

Ms Bashir will replace Justice Kim Santow who is stepping down after five and a half years in the position.

The University Senate voted for Ms Bashir to take on the position and in a statement the university said Ms Bashir would continue in her role as NSW governor.

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Gavin Brown said Ms Bashir was one of Australia's most prominent academics who had maintained an active involvement in the university before being elected as the seventeenth chancellor.

"Professor Bashir has made an enormous contribution to this university over many years since her days as a pioneering student and academic and we look forward to working with her in her new role," Mr Brown said.

Ms Bashir graduated from the university with a bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery in 1956.

She will begin her four year position on June 1.