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Frederick Hilmer

President and Vice Chancellor, UNSW Sydney

Professor Fred Hilmer was appointed President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) on 19 June 2006. Prior to taking up this position, Professor Hilmer was Chief Executive Officer, John Fairfax Holdings Limited from 1998 - 2005. Before joining Fairfax he was Dean and Director of the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) at UNSW and a Director of Port Jackson Partners Limited. Prior to joining the AGSM, Professor Hilmer was a director of McKinsey & Company—responsible for managing the Australian practice. He holds a degree in law from the University of Sydney, an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of Finance where he was appointed a Joseph Wharton Fellow. In 1991 the Australian Institute of Management awarded him a special John Storey medal for distinguished contribution to the advancement of management thinking in Australia. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1998 for his services to management education, competition policy and workplace reform.


  • 2006–present
    President and Vice-Chancellor, University of New South Wales


  • 1970 
    Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, MBA
  • 1967 
    University of Pennsylvania, Master of Laws
  • 1966 
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Laws

Research Areas

  • Economics, Business And Management Curriculum And Pedagogy (130203)


Office of the Order of Australia (1998)
Fellow Honorary Member of CPA Australia (2010)
John Storey Medal (1991)