Emeritus Professor Graham Swain AM


A Patron of the UWS Hawkesbury RUFC is Emeritus Professor Graham Swain AM. Prof Swain is the retired Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney and Chief Executive Officer UWS Hawkesbury. He was formerly Principal of the Hawkesbury Agricultural College; foundation Dean of Applied Science of Riverina College of Advanced Education; Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer in Agronomy at University of New England and Research Supervisor / Research Agronomist at Wollongbar Agricultural Research Station of NSW Department of Agriculture. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Maryland and is a life member of the HAC.

Graham was appointed a Member of The Order of Australia (AM) in 1991 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (FAIAST) in 1979. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD). In May 2000 the University of Western Sydney conferred on him a Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa (Hon. D. Lit.). In 1993 he was the first to be awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by the Board of Governors of the University of Western Sydney. Since retirement he has served as a director of three agricultural production companies.

Professsor Graham Swain embodies the heritage of Hawkesbury Agricultural College, yet is one who has also embraced the signs of the times, and taken an active interest in the growing academic credentials of the University of Western Sydney. His outstanding academic credentials and meritorious personal achievements are an outstanding example of the very spirit of Hawkesbury life and culture to the young men and women of our Rugby Club at Hawkesbury and indeed the entire student population of the University of Western Sydney.