Alumnus Dr Richard Harris accepts Vice-Regal role

Flinders University extends its warmest congratulations to alumnus Dr Richard ‘Harry’ Harris SC OAM who has today been announced the next Lieutenant Governor of South Australia.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling says Dr Harris is the living embodiment of courage, leadership and empathy, virtues that will be an asset in this important role.

“This is an inspired appointment in a position that will see Harry, as he like to be known, utilise his exceptional leadership and decision-making abilities for the betterment of the state,” Professor Stirling says.

“Harry describes himself as an ordinary fellow, however his actions distinguish him as an outstanding individual whose qualities befit this office.”

An anaesthetist for more than three decades and a highly qualified diver, Dr Harris rose to international fame in 2018 for his part in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from the flooded Tham Luang cave in Thailand.

Dr Harris and his dive partner Dr Craig Challen received joint OAMs, Stars of Courage and the 2019 Australian of the Year accolades.

Flinders University named him a 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awardee, and also that year awarded him an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University.

“Harry’s personal attributes of determination, persistence, understanding and humility will further endear him to South Australians and make our state proud, just as he has made Flinders so very proud,” Professor Stirling says.

Dr Harris will serve as deputy to Her Excellency Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia, and will be sworn into the new role on Friday 9 February.

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