Professor S. Bruce Dowton.
Professor S. Bruce Dowton.

Harvard academic appointed to lead Macquarie University

Professor S. Bruce Dowton has been appointed the next Vice-Chancellor and President of Macquarie University, bringing a stellar international reputation with him.

Professor Dowton is currently Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and until recently was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Partners Harvard Medical International. Professor Dowton is also an Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales where he was Dean of the School of Medicine between 1998 and 2005.

Prof. Dowton had been chosen from an exceptionally strong field of applicants from Australia and overseas, after proving himself on the international stage.

Macquarie University Chancellor The Hon. Michael Egan says Professor Dowton brings a wealth of knowledge and international experience.

“In the past few years he has led or overseen project teams in more than thirty countries advising on diverse aspects of healthcare and higher education,” he notes.

“His academic and professional appointments and work have spanned the globe, including Australia, USA, Norway, China, Scotland, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, UAE, Oman, Kazakhstan, Greece, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.”

“He is a passionate and visionary leader, who is committed to ‘the pursuit of knowledge and learning as a key to improving the human condition’.”

Prof. Dowton will build upon the University’s successful strategy of leveraging its land holdings in order to invest heavily in research, learning and teaching, new facilities and in developing mutually beneficial relationships with industry.

“Prof. Dowton will be taking over from Professor Steven Schwartz who, after more than six years at the helm, will be leaving Macquarie University in excellent shape, both academically and financially,” says Mr Egan.  “Macquarie is now one of the world’s great universities.”

Professor Dowton will take up his position later this year, becoming only the fifth Vice-Chancellor in Macquarie University’s 48-year history.

A copy of Professor Dowton’s CV is available for download (PDF 1MB

  • Mary-Jane Morgan Macquarie University

    To the incoming VC, Prof Dowton.

    A great appointment of a Pediatric man. CONGRATULATIONS1 Let’s hope Professor Dowton starts valuing the Institute of Early Childhood in the way it is so significant for our society to give children a play-based life in their early years, that he lifts the the status of all teachers trained at Macquarie to come closer to the hgigh status of the Finnish model.

    May I suggest one of Professor Dowton’s first tasks is to investigate the retired Library site. I see its value being used as for a second decent, acoustically, Lecture Theatre of approx. 1500 seats; perfect for important events for community information sessions like the one just held by the Alumni with Prof Tim Flannery, ‘What the Australian Community thinks about Climate Change’, (we understand 200 people were turned away), graduation ceremonies, arts events, 101 lectures in many subjects. Its central and has great access for northwestern Sydney with excellent public transport and parking options.
    Yours sincerely, Mary-Jane Morgan

  • Mary-Jane Morgan Macquarie University

    the incoming VC to use the retired Library site for a second decent Lecture Theatre of approx. 1500 seats; perfect for important events for community information sessions like you just held ( we understand 200 people were turned away), graduation ceremonies, arts events . Its central and has great access for northwestern Sydney with parking available.

    Yours sincerely,