Schmidt renewed as ANU VC for five more years

26 February 2020

Brian has unique standing in global higher education. He has proven to be an outstanding and committed leader in his first term as Vice-Chancellor | The Hon Julie Bishop

Professor Brian Schmidt AC has been appointed for another five years as Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU) by the University's Council.

In a unanimous vote, Council reappointed Professor Schmidt for a second five-year term from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2025.

ANU Chancellor the Hon Julie Bishop said Professor Schmidt, the only university president in the world today to hold a Nobel Prize, had the vision and leadership to drive the University's bold strategy to 2025.

"Brian has unique standing in global higher education," Ms Bishop said. "He has proven to be an outstanding and committed leader in his first term as Vice-Chancellor.

"He has been a stellar VC in his first term, who has shared and shaped an ambitious vision for the University for the coming years and the Council and I back this mission.

"This vision will not only set the University up for ongoing success for decades to come but will ensure ANU long remains an institution that serves all Australians, our nation, the region and the world.

"ANU is a university of bold thinking and great ambition that aims each day to make the world a better place, and Brian is the leader of our time."

Professor Schmidt said he was honoured and humbled to be reappointed as Vice-Chancellor.

"I thank Julie and all members of Council for their faith in me," he said. "I also thank the University's leadership group who help turn my vision into reality day in and day out, and all staff and students who make ANU such a rich community - it is the quality of our people that defines our distinctive quality as a University.

"It is an honour to serve as Vice-Chancellor of this great University. It's also a responsibility which I do not take lightly.

"As VC my vision for the University is clear: ANU must be a contemporary national university and a valuable global resource, and most of all we must be an institution that Australians trust.

"We are trusted for our exceptional education and campus experience; trusted for our unrivalled research that deepens our understanding of the world and our place in it; and trusted for our deep thinking, sharp ideas and fearless advice that helps transform society.

"Trust is our currency and what makes ANU distinctive. That trust is hard won and I will work hard to not only keep the trust that Council and the University have placed in me, but also so that ANU has the trust of all."