Defence high-flyer Jim McDowell has been appointed as the University’s new Chancellor.
Currently Chairman of the Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, McDowell will bring a wealth of international industry experience to the role, at a time when UniSA is forging stronger national and international research partnerships in support of future industries.
Outgoing Chancellor Dr Ian Gould welcomed McDowell, stating his diverse and top level experience of business, education and strategic governance will be an asset to the University.
“With more than 35 years’ experience on the world stage in one of the most competitive industry sectors, aerospace and defence technologies, Jim will bring an important global view to the future planning and governance of the University. I am delighted to be handing him the reins,” Dr Gould said.
McDowell said he was delighted and honoured with his appointment, and to be handed the reins by someone as outstanding as Dr Gould.
“I hope to bring together my experience of industry and govern-ment and my deep commitment to the value of education to support and enhance UniSA’s development as Australia’s university of enterprise,” McDowell said.
Educated in Belfast, McDowell moved to England’s University of Warwick to complete his degree in Law with Honours before joining British Aerospace, Singapore in 1996.
Working his way through the company, he became CEO of BAE Systems Australia in 2001 and later led its operations in Saudi Arabia as head of a workforce of more than 5000, overseeing sales of more than $5 billion a year.
Keep an eye out for the next issue of enterprise, which will include a feature on UniSA’s new Chancellor Jim McDowell.