Professor McWha's last day will be this Friday, 29 June, following a week of farewell events at the University's North Terrace, Waite and Roseworthy campuses.
South Australian Premier the Hon. Jay Weatherill paid tribute to Professor McWha, saying South Australia had been well served by outstanding leaders in higher education. "James is well respected by his peers and has overseen a major overhaul of the University campus," Mr Weatherill said.
Professor McWha joined the University of Adelaide in 2002 after serving as Vice-Chancellor and President of Massey University in New Zealand. A native of Northern Ireland, Professor McWha began his career in agricultural science and has had an outstanding 40-year record as a teacher, researcher, manager of research institutes, academic administrator and communicator.
He has been actively involved in the higher education sector on a global level, with leading roles for the International Association of University Presidents, the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Australian Universities Quality Agency, and Academic Consortium 21.
"I have no doubt that the University of Adelaide will continue to achieve great things in the years to come." Says Professor McWha.
Professor McWha also thanked his wife, Lindsay, who has been an important part of the University of Adelaide community over the past 10 years.
"Lindsay and I have fallen in love with Adelaide. We look forward to spending many more years here, as well as dividing our time among children and grandchildren in other parts of the world," Professor McWha said.