The Hon. Michael Egan AO

Chancellor of Macquarie University

The Hon. Michael Egan AO has been Chancellor of Macquarie University since February 2008. He was Treasurer of New South Wales for a record term from 1995 to 2005. He was also Minister for State Development, Minister for Energy and Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.

The Chancellor was invested as an Officer of the Order of Australia in January 2014 for distinguished service to the Parliament of New South Wales through a range of senior ministerial roles, to tertiary education administration and medical research, and to the community.

In December 2016, the University Council re-elected Mr Egan to serve as Chancellor until January 2020. In January 2019, he will surpass the record set by the University’s inaugural Chancellor, Sir Garfield Barwick, to become the longest holder of the role since the University’s foundation in 1964.


University Profile

A place of inspiration

Macquarie is uniquely located in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct, a thriving locale that is predicted to double in size in the next 20 years to become the fourth largest CBD in Australia.

Macquarie’s campus spans 126 hectares, with open green space that gives its community the freedom to think and grow. The University is home to world-class facilities, including Australia’s only university-led integrated health campus. It also has excellent transport links to the city and suburbs, supported by an on-campus train station.

Renowned for excellence

Founded just over 50 years ago, Macquarie has risen to be a progressive and influential institution both locally and internationally. Macquarie is ranked among the top two per cent of universities in the world, and with a 5-star QS rating, it is renowned for producing graduates that are among the most sought-after professionals in the world.

A proud tradition of discovery

Macquarie’s enviable research efforts – 100 per cent of the University’s research is ranked at world standard or above and more than 30 of its researchers are ranked in the top one per cent of scientific researchers in the world – are brought to life by renowned researchers whose audacious solutions to issues of global significance are benefiting the world.

Building successful graduates

Macquarie’s pioneering approach to teaching and learning is built around a connected learning community, with its students considered partners and co-creators in their learning experience. Students’ face-to-face experiences are paired with sophisticated and interactive digital resources, and their courses are linked to the latest research discoveries.

To find out more, visit the Macquarie University website 



Macquarie University Council

Macquarie University is a statutory authority, created under the Macquarie University Act 1989 (NSW) (as amended). The University Council is the governing body of the University. Under Part 4 of the Act, the Council acts for and on behalf of the University in the manner best calculated to promote the objects and interests of the University.

The University Council comprises 14 members who contribute a blend of commercial, governance, legal, academic, administrative and public sector expertise to the business and operation of the Council. Members are elected or appointed in accordance with the provisions of the Macquarie University Act 1989 (NSW) and the Macquarie University By-Law 2005 (NSW).

Membership of Macquarie University’s Council is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members

The Hon. Michael Egan AO – Chancellor (to 28 February 2020)
Professor S Bruce Dowton MD – Vice-Chancellor (to 1 September 2024)
Professor Mariella Herberstein – Chair of Academic Senate (to 30 June 2019)

Appointed Members – Ministerial

The Hon. Patricia Forsythe (to 31 December 2020)
Ms Louise Mason – Deputy Chancellor (to 31 December 2020)

Appointed Members – Council

Mr Chum Darvall AM – Graduate (to 31 December 2020)
Mr John Wigglesworth – Graduate (to 28 February 2023)
Mr Frank Zipfinger – Graduate (to 28 February 2023)
Ms Jingmin Qian (to 28 February 2023)
Ms Deborah Hadwen (to 29 February 2020)

Elected Members

Professor Catherine Dean – Academic Staff (to 31 December 2019)
Dr Wylie Bradford – Academic Staff (to 31 December 2019)
Ms Leanne Denby – Non-Academic Staff (to 31 December 2018)
Ms Cissy Shen – Student (to 31 May 2019)


Other Governing Bodies

Other Governing bodies within the University include:

Audit and Risk Committee

Chair – Mr Frank Zipfinger

Finance and Facilities Committee

Chair – Mr Chum Darvall AM

Student Experience Committee

Chair – Ms Jingmin Qian

Honorary Awards Committee

Chair – The Hon. Michael Egan AO, Chancellor

Nominations and Remunerations Committee

Chair – The Hon. Michael Egan AO, Chancellor