University Council

Professor Jim Reid

Professor Jim Reid


Professor Jim Reid was elected to Council by the academic staff in 2003. He previously served ex officio on Council from 1994-2001 in his role as Chair of the University’s Academic Senate. He is currently a Distinguished Professor in the School of Plant Science.

Jim was educated at the Friends’ School, Hobart before completing a BSc (Hons) degree at the University of Tasmania. Subsequently he has been awarded a PhD and DSc for his work on the genetic control of plant development. His work has been recognised through the award of the David Syme Research Medal (1989) by Melbourne University and the Royal Society of Tasmania Medal in 2000.


He has held appointments at every level in the University, commencing as a demonstrator in 1972 through to the offer of a personal chair in Plant Development and Genetics in 1989 and the inaugural Distinguished Professor title in 2008. He has spent time as a visiting fellow at the University of London and at the University of Bristol in the UK, and at Cornell University in the USA. He has used his genetic expertise to answer key fundamental and applied questions in plant biology and has covered topics as diverse as the conservation of endangered species to tree breeding and forestry.


Jim has held numerous positions including Head of the School of Plant Science, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology, Director of the CRC for Sustainable Production Forestry and Chair of Academic Senate. In 2000 he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). He has served on numerous boards at both the state, national and international levels including the Tasmanian Secondary Assessment Board, as a Trustee of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Council of ATSE. He is an associate editor of three international journals and edited the major text entitled Vegetation of Tasmania and has served two terms on the Council of the International Plant Growth Substances Association.


Jim is married to Trish and they have three adult children, Alistair, Nicholas and Matthew. He wishes to be involved in the development of sound education policies for Tasmania and provide the opportunity for informed communication between all involved in higher education in Tasmania.


He brings extensive experience as an academic, researcher and manager to the deliberations of Council.