Pulver appointed key Indigenous leadership role

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver.

SHE cites co-founding the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Program for Aboriginal students at UNSW as one of her proudest achievements, and currently serves as Western Sydney University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership, but Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver will soon return to where everything started for her – the University of Sydney (USYD) – to begin an important new role.

Pulver – a Wiradjuri woman who converted to Judaism later in life – has been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Strategy and Services at USYD, and will start on October 15.

An accomplished advisor, researcher and educator, Pulver said she is looking forward to rejoining USYD in this exciting leadership role.

“USYD gave me the opportunity to enter tertiary education – I was the first in my family to do so,” she said.

“I’m honoured to be able to return in a very different capacity, and give back to the university’s staff and students in this way.”

A highlight of her career at UNSW was playing a key role in the development of its Faculty of Medicine’s Muru Marri Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit.

USYD Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said he was delighted that Pulver accepted the role.

“The selection panel and I have been enormously impressed with Lisa’s commitment to embed belonging and key Aboriginal frameworks and world views into initiatives across the education, research and government sectors, as well as into the RAAF where she is a specialist reserve member,” Spence said.

“This commitment dates back to her medical student days where she was a founding member of USYD’s Wokal Kangara (‘one blood’) Aboriginal Students Association, through to current roles with institutions such as the Australian Medical Council, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Universities Australia.

“We look forward to her bringing that invaluable strength and sense of purpose to Sydney University.”