NSW Governor visits the University of Newcastle
The University of Newcastle on recently welcomed the Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC, DSC (Ret’d) to its Callaghan campus to celebrate the university’s 50th Anniversary.
University Chancellor Paul Jeans said it was an honour for the university to host a visit by the Governor and Mrs Linda Hurley during UON’s year of celebrations.
“Governors of New South Wales have a special relationship with the University of Newcastle. The warmth of our community’s welcome shows His Excellency and Mrs Hurley’s visit has been one of the memorable highlights of our 50th anniversary year,” said the Chancellor.
The Governor and Mrs Hurley’s visit began at UON’s renowned Wollotuka Institute, which has for over 30 years delivered sector-leading outcomes in Indigenous higher education. The university enrols the largest number of Indigenous students of any university in the nation.
On arrival, the Governor and Mrs Hurley received a Welcome to Country by Wollotuka’s Elder in Residence, Aunty Bronwyn Chambers, before engaging with several of the university’s outstanding Indigenous students and staff in the iconic Birabahn Building.
This was followed by a luncheon hosted by the Chancellor, Mr Paul Jeans, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen, involving over 120 members of the broader university community. Students, researchers, senior academics, alumni and members of both state and federal parliaments joined the Governor and Mrs Hurley at the celebratory reception, held in the University Gallery.
The Governor, who holds the ceremonial role of ‘Visitor of the University’ under the University of Newcastle Act (1989), delivered an address to the Luncheon, and His Excellency and Mrs Hurley then engaged with students, staff and alumni.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the Governor’s visit to the campus was an opportunity to engage with University of Newcastle‘s core mission of equity and excellence.
“We are delighted that the Governor and Mrs Hurley could meet so many members of our community who have championed the emergence of the University as a global leader driving world class innovation and impact,” said Professor McMillen.