Wiradjuri man and award-winning journalist Stan Grant will join Charles Sturt University as the new Chair of Indigenous Affairs.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said he was delighted to announce Mr Grant’s appointment to the position of Chair of Indigenous Affairs.

“His commitment to Indigenous affairs and experience in media and public affairs are remarkable,” Professor Vann said.

“The Chair of Indigenous Affairs is a strategic appointment underpinned by Charles Sturt University’s commitment to making a positive contribution to the wider Australian community. The University places immeasurable value on this aspect of our organisation.

“As Chair, Mr Grant will have the opportunity to create new knowledge and drive innovative thinking in all aspects of Indigenous affairs including but not limited to education, community health, economic growth, sustainability and security of family and community, language, entrepreneurship, issues of recognition and acknowledgement, and preservation of culture.”

Mr Grant said he was honoured to accept the appointment, which builds on a long-term CSU commitment to supporting Indigenous education.

“I am delighted to join Charles Sturt University. It is an innovative university with a strong demonstrable commitment to indigenous issues. Many of the University’s campuses sit on Wiradjuri land and the university has a deep relationship with my people.

“As Chair I look forward to working with Charles Sturt University’s research team and the staff in Indigenous studies to challenge ourselves to think deeply and creatively about issues facing First Nations people.

“Personally I feel privileged that in this role along with my writing and media work, I can make a contribution to the things I am most passionate about.”
Mr Grant takes up his new position with CSU on 14 June 2016.

The role of Chair of Indigenous Affairs has been created to complement the work of our existing Foundation Chair of Indigenous Studies and Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Education, Professor Jeannie Herbert AM.

Mr Grant is the winner of the 2015 Walkley award for coverage of Indigenous affairs as well as numerous other accolades. He is a presenter on National Indigenous Television (NITV), the Indigenous affairs editor for Guardian Australia, international editor at Sky News Australia.

He has previously held posts in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and Beijing for CNN International and covered many large international news events.

In April 2016, Mr Grant was appointed to the Referendum Council on constitutional recognition by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. He is also the author of two books, Talking to My Country (2016)and Tears of Strangers (2004)