The University of Sydney today announced the appointment of Kirsten Andrews to the position of Vice-Principal (External Relations).
Andrews, who is currently the Vice-Chancellor’s Chief of Staff, will take up the role at the end of February.
The Vice-Principal (External Relations) is the strategic lead for externally facing activities at the University, with responsibility for the University’s engagement with industry, government and community, Marketing and Communications, Media and Public Relations, Museums and Cultural Engagement, Events and Student Recruitment, Admissions and Mobility.
Andrews comes to the role with experience across two universities, the not-for-profit sector and state and federal government. She has worked at the University since 2013, serving as the Vice-Chancellor’s Chief of Staff and Director of Media and Government Relations.
Among her many achievements, she is responsible for transforming the University’s media engagement approach and has been instrumental in ensuring a smooth leadership transition during a time of great complexity for the institution.
One of my key ambitions for the University is that we partner generously with the community, and in doing so, extend the impact of our teaching and research. I’m delighted we have appointed someone of Kirsten’s calibre to this critical role.
Prior to joining the University, she held senior positions in government and the not-for-profit sector, including at the National Heart Foundation, as Chief of Staff to a federal minister, and Deputy Director of Communications to the Premier of New South Wales.
She has also worked in student recruitment and public affairs at the University of South Australia.
Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Mark Scott said Andrews would bring a wealth of expertise to the role, as well as a deep understanding of the University of Sydney and a strong personal network across government, business, media and higher education.
“One of my key ambitions for the University is that we partner generously with the community, and in doing so, extend the impact of our teaching and research,” he said.
“I’m delighted we have appointed someone of Kirsten’s calibre to this critical role and I warmly congratulate her on this well-deserved appointment.”