UWA Student Guild congratulates Kim Beazley on new role



The UWA Student Guild congratulates former Guild President Kim Beazley, AC on his appointment as the 33rd Governor of Western Australia.

Mr Beazley has long ties to the University of Western Australia. He led an active student life while studying a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, and was elected by his fellow students onto the UWA Student Guild Council in the positions of Public Affairs Council President in 1968, Guild Vice President in 1969 and Guild President in 1970.

Mr Beazley was the first Guild President to work full-time in the role. One of his most notable achievements was improving student representation through securing student positions on the University Senate and Faculty boards and committees. During his term he also laid the foundation stone for the Refectory, a central place for students to meet and eat on campus.

black and white photo of 1970 Guild Council

Kim Beazley and the 1970 UWA Student Guild Council

Mr Beazley went on to have a long political career, serving as the Federal Opposition Leader from 1996 to 2001 and 2005 to 2006 and Australian Ambassador to the USA from 2010 to 2016. Throughout this time he continued his association with UWA through professorial and honorary fellow roles.

He is widely respected by staff, students and the Western Australian community. 105th Guild President, Megan Lee, said, “It’s fantastic to see someone who once dedicated themselves to the UWA Student Guild as President take on such a prestigious office after a stellar career and the Guild is proud to have Kim Beazley amongst our alumni.”

Mr Beazley will be sworn in as Governor on May 1 and will spend four years in the role.

Lee said, “The Guild would also like to recognise the outgoing Governor, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson, AC for her dedication to the role and her support in education, especially science education.”

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Megan Lee – 105th UWA Student Guild President
E‐mail: president@guild.uwa.edu.au
Phone: (08) 6488 2294

Posted on April 6, 2018


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