The Deputy Chancellor of the University of New England, Scott Williams, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced on Monday.
Mr Williams (pictured here) was honoured “for service to the community of New England through a range of contributions to higher education, business, local government, community radio and philanthropy”.
A graduate of UNE, his career has spanned aid work abroad, regional development planning, consulting in information technology and tertiary education, and co-founding and managing (1992-2011) a multi-award-winning small business – the Armidale-based international florists’ relay service Petals Network.
Receiving the honour had been “a humbling experience”, Mr Williams said, as there were “so many others deserving of honours” who represented – together – “the very fabric of our regional communities”.
Mr Williams was appointed as a member of the UNE Council in 1997 and has been Deputy Chancellor since 2008. He was Foundation Director (2000-2006) of the UNE Foundation, the charitable entity that works throughout the community to raise funds for scholarships, research, and teaching and learning at the University.
He himself is a donor of scholarships – UNE’s annually-awarded Scott Williams Opportunity Scholarships. “It’s been a very satisfying and rewarding experience to watch the recipients move through their studies at UNE and into the early stages of their careers,” he said. “I’d certainly recommend that experience to anyone thinking of donating a scholarship.”
He has also provided scholarships to schoolchildren in the New England region via The Smith Family.
Mr Williams’s local government service has included three years as President of Uralla Shire, and two terms as an elected regional representative of the NSW Shires Association. He was a Foundation Member of Armidale Public Radio 2ARM-FM, and also served as its Chairman.