Professor Peter Shergold AC reappointed as Chancellor of Western Sydney University

Professor Peter Shergold AC

Western Sydney University is pleased to announce that Professor Peter Shergold AC will continue as the University’s Chancellor until 31 December 2022.

At their December 2019 meeting, the University’s Board of Trustees unanimously resolved to appoint Professor Shergold as Chancellor for a further two-year term, commencing 1 January 2021.

Professor Shergold was appointed Chancellor of Western Sydney University in 2011, continuing a highly distinguished academic and public service career that spans more than three decades, including serving as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2003–2008.

Western Sydney University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO, welcomed the Chancellor’s re-appointment and acknowledged Professor Shergold’s significant contribution to Australian public life, in particular, his exceptionally strong advocacy for social inclusion and the power of education to open up opportunities for all.

"Professor Shergold has been an outstanding Chancellor for Western Sydney University, helping steer the University through a transformative period of its growth and development. His exemplary leadership of the Board of Trustees over the last eight years has set the strategic direction of the University and placed it in an incredibly strong position to respond to both current and future challenges,” said Professor Glover.

“The University community is delighted to have him continue as Chancellor. His leadership and clear vision will undoubtedly affirm the University’s position as an anchor institution for Western Sydney, and ensure it continues to be a catalyst for the region’s economic advancement and social prosperity and a leading advocate for its communities.”

In addition to his role as Chancellor at Western Sydney University, Professor Shergold holds numerous positions including serving as the NSW Coordinator-General of Refugee Resettlement. He is currently leading the Education Council’s Review of Senior Secondary Pathways and has recently been appointed as Chair of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Professor Shergold has authored numerous reports and led important reviews for both government and industry, and is a non-executive director, Chair and member of a number of corporate and non-profit boards.


16 December 2019

Amanda Whibley, Director, Corporate Communications (Acting)