Emeritus Professor Scott Bowman AO appointed new Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Scott Bowman

Western Sydney University is pleased to announce the appointment of Emeritus Professor Scott Bowman AO as its new Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Bowman is a leading academic and researcher who has held many distinguished university executive roles, both here in Australia and the UK. He joins Western following his retirement in 2019 as Vice-Chancellor and President of CQUniversity, where his vision and leadership over a decade helped transform it into one of Australia’s largest and most engaged regional universities.

His previous leadership positions include Deputy Vice-Chancellor (University Services) and Registrar at James Cook University; Foundation Head of the School of Clinical Sciences at Charles Sturt University; and Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Health Science and Community at University College of St Martin (Lancaster University) Lancaster, UK.

In 2019 he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his significant contributions to higher education and training and regional Australia.

Professor Bowman will take up his role with the University on Monday 31 August with an interim appointment until 31 March 2021. He will work with the current Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Denise Kirkpatrick, until she leaves the University at the end of September.

Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO, said he looks forward to welcoming Professor Bowman to the University.

“On behalf of the University community, I congratulate Professor Bowman on his appointment. He is certain to build on the outstanding leadership of Professor Denise Kirkpatrick, who has made a significant contribution to the development of our University,” said Professor Glover.

“Professor Bowman is an outstanding university leader who is passionate about the transformative role that universities play within Australia’s regions. Throughout his career he has worked to open up access to higher education, particularly for those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and those from regional and rural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities – experience that will be invaluable to our University and to the Western Sydney region.”

Professor Bowman said he is delighted to be joining Western Sydney University, particularly during what is a challenging time for the higher education sector.

“I am incredibly pleased for this opportunity to join Western Sydney University. Now more than ever, universities have a critical role to play in leading Australia’s economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Professor Bowman.

“I am looking forward to working with the University’s staff, students and the people of Western Sydney to help contribute to the region’s economic, social and cultural prosperity, and make a real difference in the lives of our students and the communities the University serves.”


24 August 2020

Media Unit