On her last day as University of Wollongong chancellor Jillian Broadbent took the opportunity on Wednesday to reflect on the last 11 years.
As she handed over the reins to Christine McLoughlin she recalled starting in the role herself on October 1, 2009 and serving both as chancellor and chair of the University Council. She oversaw the expansion of UOW's global footprint and research impact and helped strengthen ties to the world of business and the arts.
Ms Broadbent's contribution has been recognised with the new Social Sciences and The Arts building being named the Jillian Broadbent Building.
Innovative projects she guided as chancellor include the establishment of UOW campuses in Hong Kong and Malaysia as well as the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, Early Start, the SMART Infrastructure Facility, the Global Challenges Program, iAccelerate and Molecular Horizons.
Ms Broadbent was admitted as a Fellow of the University of Wollongong Dubai in 2019, for her outstanding contribution to the university on a global level.
And she said she was proud of all that UOW has achieved, both in research and learning and teaching, during her tenure.
She said moments she will remember most fondly include seeing Team UOW's Illawarra Flame House win the Solar Decathlon in China in 2013, followed by Team UOW's Desert Rose House take second place in 2018 in Dubai.
Mr Broadbent said she also enjoyed being on the panel for the Robert Hope Medal, UOW's top student prize awarded to an individual who shows both academic aptitude and community spirit.
"I am constantly surprised and delighted by the achievements of our academics and graduates," she said.
"Seeing the candidates for the Robert Hope Medal has always been so uplifting."
UOW vice-chancellor Professor Paul Wellings said "Chancellor Broadbent has led the University Council with great strength and sound judgement, provided wise counsel and support, and has performed her ceremonial duties with grace, charm, and warmth.
"Under her leadership and guidance, the university has expanded its global research impact, deepened its ties to the worlds of arts and humanities, and strengthened its reputation for providing a positive student experience that produces career-ready graduates," Prof Wellings said.
"I, along with the whole UOW community, owe Chancellor Broadbent a debt of gratitude for her commitment, dedication and leadership throughout her term."