Professor Steven Schwartz is the Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University. He has also served as Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University in London, England and Vice-Chancellor of Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.
Steven Schwartz was born, raised, and educated in New York City before moving to Washington DC, where he worked at the National Institute of Health. After completing postgraduate work at Syracuse University in New York, he began an academic career which took him to the University of Illinois, the University of Texas and then, in 1978, to the University of Western Australia. From the University of Western Australia he moved to the University of Queensland where he held a number of positions including President of the Academic Board. In addition to his academic duties, Steven maintained a second life as a journalist writing for many magazines and newspapers.
Steven moved from the University of Queensland back to Perth to take a position of Executive Dean of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Australia and then, several years later, Vice-Chancellor of Murdoch University. In 2002, he moved to London as Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University. In April 2003, following the publication of the UK Government’s Education White Paper, he was asked by the Blair government to lead a national taskforce to produce a set of guidelines on university admissions. In 2005, he led a UK national taskforce for the Council for Industry and Higher Education. The taskforce produced an ethical framework for universities.
In the meantime he was also elected a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, was an Academy of Science-Royal Society Exchange Fellow, a NATO Fellow, a WHO Fellow, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In addition to management recognitions (Prime Minister’s Institutional Award, Premier’s Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management, Telstra National Employer of the Year), Steven has also received numerous scholarly prizes and more than $1 million in research grants. He is the author of 13 books, more than 120 scientific articles and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles.
Steven Schwartz is a Director of the Council for International Educational Exchange (USA), a member of the Fulbright Commission and also serves on the advisory boards of the Asia Society, the Global Foundation and the Centre for Independent Studies. He is the Australian government’s representative on the Council of the University of the Pacific.