Message to Alumni from Chancellor

3 September 2015

UTS Chancellor Professor Vicki Sara AO, shared a special message with the UTS community, following the announcement that she will retire in February next year, after 12 years in the role. Professor Sara, whose term as Chancellor is due to end next year, has overseen the university's strategic trajectory for the past 11 years as Chair of UTS Council, the university's governing body.

"Vicki has been an outstanding and selfless leader, a true navigator during the university's incredible transformation as Chair of UTS Council, and a passionate architect and driver of our strategic vision."
- UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs

During her time at UTS Professor Sara has also made a significant contribution to the Australian higher education sector. She twice served as Chair of University Chancellors' Council (most recently 2011-2012), chaired the NSW panel of the Sir John Monash Foundation Scholarship (2011 to 2013), and was Chair of the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication and Technology Advisory Board (UNSW, 2011-2012). Last year Professor Sara was a member of the Prime Minister's Science Awards Committee (2014).

Her message to alumni:

Dear Alumni,

It is with deep regret, I informed UTS Council of my intention to retire next February and resign from my position as Chancellor.

It has been a great privilege to serve as UTS Chancellor since December 2004 and to be part of the University’s amazing transformation. To be recognised as the highest performing University under 50 years of age in Australia (and among the top 25 globally) is an achievement the likes of which we can all be very proud.

In my career I have learnt that successful organisations grow, develop and change. Hence they require different leadership at different stages in their development and, as a leader, I know how important it is to recognise when the next generation of leaders should take the helm.

UTS made great strides under Ross and I am sure you would agree that it is flourishing under Attila’s outstanding leadership. It is time now however for Attila to find a new partner to take this journey with him, just as Ross did with me 11 years ago. I made a commitment to stay on as Chancellor for the appointment of, and transition to, the new Vice-Chancellor. Last month was Attila’s first anniversary in the role and I think you would all agree that his appointment has been a huge success for UTS.

I have every confidence that UTS will continue to go from success to success under the stewardship of Attila and a new Chancellor.

I want to thank you all for your contributions to the success of UTS. Being part of the UTS family has been a very special experience for me – it has taught me much and I look forward to it remaining part of my life.

I strongly believe that through the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge universities improve society. UTS has a responsibility to influence and to contribute to the community, it takes that responsibility very seriously and it delivers exceedingly well. As Chancellor, I have always been in awe of the contribution that UTS staff and students and alumni have made in their efforts to improve the lot of peoples and communities the world over.

I am extremely proud of the achievements of our graduates, now numbering 190,000. You are our greatest ambassadors and representatives of UTS worldwide and through your success and advocacy I know that UTS will continue to thrive.

The UTS community is very special. We not only believe in, and are committed to, the pursuit of academic excellence, but what distinguishes us from other universities, is our commitment to social justice and diversity. These two pillars (so essential in civil society) are in our DNA, they make UTS the exceptional institution it is, and they make it a privilege to work here.

Again, thank you all for your support, for making UTS such an outstanding university and for making my time as Chancellor so special, so very worthwhile, and so unforgettable.