John Rodney Niland AC (born 10 September 1940) is an Australian academic and company director. He is currently on the Board of Macquarie Group and Macquarie Bank. Niland obtained a Bachelor and Master of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and was President of the University Union and Students Union when he was a student at the university . He holds a PhD from the University of Illinois.
Before engaging in corporate business, he held academic appointments at Cornell University, the University of Illinois, the Australian National University and UNSW. He is a Professor Emeritus of the UNSW and was fifth Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the university from 1992 to 2002. Before that he was the Dean of the UNSW Faculty of Commerce and Economics. While UNSW Vice-Chancellor, he was a foundation director of Universitas 21 and of Australia 's Group of Eight Universities. He also served a term as president of the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee, and as a member of the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.
The University of New South Wales’s most recognised and architecturally renowned building, the Scientia, was officially renamed The John Niland Scientia Building for his long and distinguished history at the University . He is said to have led the University through a golden age which included campus revitalisation and substantially increased internationalisation .
Positions currently held include :
- President of the National Trust of Australia (NSW)
- Independent Director of Macquarie Bank Limited
- Chairman of Campus Living Funds Management Limited
- Chairman of the Centennial Park & Moore Park Trust
- Member of the University Grants Committee (Hong Kong)
- Member of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University
Former positions held include:
- Vice Chancellor and President of University of New South Wales
- Chief Executive of the State Pollution Control Commission and Executive Chairman of the Environment Protection Authority.
- Board of St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney
- Board of Sydney Symphony Foundation
- Sydney Olympic bid’s Building Commission.
Niland became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to industrial relations in 1992 and in 2001 became a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), Australia 's highest civilian honour, for services to education .
|Dean of the UNSW Faculty of Commerce and Economics
1989 - 1992
|Vice Chancellor of UNSW