On Saturday 10 August, we inducted 14 new members into the Founders’ Circle in a ceremony that celebrated the remarkable tradition of philanthropy at the University of Sydney. The Founders’ Circle honours donors of lasting influence; people who change the lives of others through substantial giving during their lifetime.
The University of Sydney has an inspiring history of giving. From our earliest days, generous donors have played a critical role in the University’s ability to contribute to the communities we serve both in Australia and the wider world.
Named after the University’s visionary founders, the Founders’ Circle is a special group of benefactors who have had an indelible effect on who we are. Its newest members join a distinguished group who are inspired by the transformational impact of giving. We were proud to formally induct the following individuals and foundations:
Sir William Tyree OBE – for his support of the University through the AW Tyree Foundation. The initiatives he supports include the Tyree Chair of Otolaryngology and the Sir William Tyree Power Engineering Laboratory in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
The Wenkart Foundation – for its support of initiatives at the University of Sydney, including the Wenkart Chair of the Endothelium at the Centenary Institute.
Dorothy Lamberton – for funding the John A Lamberton Research Scholarships for postgraduate scholars of exceptional ability in the area of Chemistry.
Greg Poche AO – for the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.
David Coffey and Judith Coffey – for the Judith and David Coffey Chair in Sustainable Agriculture in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment and the Judith and David Coffey Life Lab at the Charles Perkins Centre.
Thyne Reid Foundation – for its support of a broad range of initiatives and services at the University. These include alumni scholarships, the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Remote and Rural Enterprise Program within the University of Sydney Business School. The foundation also supports the Thyne Reid Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Values, Ethics and Law in Medicine and other important research at Sydney Medical School.
The Australian Diabetes Council – for the Australian Diabetes Council Chair of Diabetes at the Charles Perkins Centre.
Daniel Petre AO – for the Petre Foundation Chair of Prostate Cancer Research at Sydney Medical School.
The family of Dr Charles Warman AM – for its support of the Clinical Education Centre at Sydney Adventist Hospital.
The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation – for its support of research at the University of Sydney.
John Grill – for the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies and the University of Sydney Business School.
The Australian Society of Orthodontists, NSW Branch – for its support of the Faculty of Dentistry, including the Edmond Charles Gates Memorial Prize for Proficiency in Orthodontics and the Chair of Orthodontics.
These gifts are helping to support our talented students, inspirational academics, exceptional facilities, and prolific research, as well as creating more opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in every aspect of our work and study.
New members will be inducted into the Founders’ Circle annually. The Founders’ Circle will be acknowledged alongside the Univeristy’s founders with a new plaque to be established in the Great Hall.
Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Michael Spence noted: “It was a pleasure to be able to welcome the families, friends, and colleagues of so many of our inductees to the University and to see them share in the very special experience of giving.”