The next Governor-General to Australia, General David Hurley, was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Academy in 2016.
He has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Academy’s STELR program, presenting a set of renewable energy equipment to the 600th STELR school last year with his wife Linda Hurley.
“It is the highest honour to be asked to be the Governor-General and I am humbled by the offer of this appointment,” General Hurley said.
“Linda and I look forward to continuing to serve the people of New South Wales over the first half of next year with my role as Governor-General set to begin in late June 2019.”
From his weekly boxing workouts with Indigenous children as part of the Tribal Warriors program to his frequent regional trips, Governor Hurley is known for being generous and approachable to old and young alike.
Prior to his appointment as Governor of New South Wales, General Hurley served in the Australian Army for 42 years, including as the Chief of the Defence Force from 2011 to 2014.
He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his leadership during Operation SOLACE in Somalia in 1993.
General Hurley will be sworn in on 28 June 2019, to allow for the fulfillment of his duties as Governor of New South Wales.