NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced today that Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO would retire as Governor of NSW on 26 September 2014.
“Professor Bashir has been one of this State’s most loved Governors and it is with regret I accept her decision to stand down next year,” Mr O’Farrell said.
“She is an inspiration to everyone she meets, from children in schools, business leaders, visiting Heads of State, to those affected by natural disasters and members of our ethnic and Indigenous communities,” he said.
“As a person of Lebanese descent, there is no better example of the success of our multicultural society than Professor Bashir, who had a very successful career in health and academia before being appointed Governor.
“The people of NSW will miss her service to this State, and also the contribution of her husband, Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE, who has been a wonderful support.
“Together they have been Australia’s pre-eminent Vice Regal couple.
“Professor Bashir’s tireless work for charity, genuine interest in all areas of the State, particularly rural and regional NSW, and caring nature have endeared her to all.
“NSW is a better place for Professor Bashir’s service. The next Governor will have big shoes to fill.”
Professor Bashir was appointed the 37th Governor of NSW on 1 March 2001 and her commission was due to end in February 2014 – however the Premier requested that she extend her commission until September 2014, at which time she will retire.
”Her Majesty has welcomed my suggestion to extend the Commission of Her Excellency the Governor. I will now formally submit that request to The Queen for approval,” Mr O’Farrell said.
Prior to her appointment, Professor Bashir was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Sydney and Senior Specialist in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry; Director of Mental Health Services at the Central Sydney Area Health Service; and Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern and Kempsey.
Professor Bashir was Chancellor of The University of Sydney from 2007 to 2012.