NSHSS Advisory Board member Dr. Di Yerbury, Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of Macquarie University, is the first woman to have headed an Australian university. She is passionate about encouraging awareness of the value of international educational and cultural experiences in helping young people to develop into compassionate leaders and world citizens.
Professor Yerbury received her Ph.D. from MelbourneUniversity and has expertise in the arts, education, government, international operations, and public administration. She chairs the boards of several arts bodies and has served on many committees and boards of education, government, business and arts organizations and has conducted reviews of personnel management and industrial relations for governments in Australia and overseas (including in Hong Kong and Zambia). She also served as Director of the Board of Citibank Australia.
She holds several prominent positions in the international field, including the longest serving President of IDP Education Australia (the International Development Program of Australian universities); President of the Asia-Pacific Higher Education Research Network (APHERN); and member of UNESCO's National Education Network in Australia. For many years she served on the Board of the Australian Education Office in WashingtonD.C., and was Australia's nominee on the Council of the University of the South Pacific. She was named New South Wales Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2002. She is an avid collector and custodian of Indigenous artwork from Australia. She is an accomplished, generous, caring, and down-to-earth individual who is a valuable addition to the NSHSS Board, generously sharing her wisdom with our members.