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Professor Nan Bahr appointed to a prestigious military representative role


Jessica Nelson
21 January 2019

Southern Cross University Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students) and Dean of Education Professor Nan Bahr has been appointed an Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General.

As a Colonel and serving part time member of the Australian Army, Professor Bahr was notified of the appointment with effect from January 21. The role of Honorary Aide de camp is awarded in recognition of Senior Officers with distinguished service in action or for meritorious service in the interests of the Commonwealth.

Professor Bahr has served domestically and abroad in fulltime and part time roles in the Australian Army since 1983 including leadership roles as Deputy Head of Corps for Military Police and as Commanding Officer of a Queensland University Regiment, Royal Military College, Duntroon. Her ceremonial role as an Honorary Aide-de-Camp could require attending investitures, welcoming dignitaries and representing at funerals on behalf of the Governor-General.

“It’s exciting and it’s an honour, and nice to have this sort of recognition,” Professor Bahr said regarding the five-year term, which she will serve alongside her leadership role at Southern Cross University.

University Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker congratulated Professor Bahr on the achievement.

“This is a great credit to her contribution to the Australian Army, with her service spanning more than 35 years,” Professor Shoemaker said.

In December Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) will be sworn in as Australia’s 27th Governor-General on June 28, following the fulfilment of his current duties as Governor of New South Wales and the retirement of current Governor-General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).