UNSW Law congratulates John and Jenny Green on receiving the esteemed UNSW Alumni Award | Law

UNSW Law congratulates John and Jenny Green on receiving the esteemed UNSW Alumni Award


The first couple to receive a coveted UNSW Alumni Award, John M. Green and Jenny Green joined 11 other Award winners, Chancellor David Gonski, President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs, Vice-President (Philanthropy) Jon Paparsenos, Faculty Deans and guests at the 2016 Alumni Awards Dinner on Tuesday 3 May.

The annual dinner celebrates UNSW Australia’s most distinguished graduates and Awards are bestowed upon alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to the community, stimulated new ideas and services and exhibited exceptional dedication, creativity or leadership.

Professor Jacobs congratulated the Award winners, noting they join a select group drawn from a UNSW alumni community of over 277,000 graduates across 146 countries. John M. Green and Jenny Green were honoured in the field of Arts and Culture in recognition of their professional and creative careers, their philanthropy and their contribution to education and literature.

John M. Green graduated from UNSW Law with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Jurisprudence in 1977. A member of the UNSW foundation law class (one of “The Originals”), a student council member and student union representative, he has always been devoted to pursuits at the University. He has had a successful career as a lawyer, investment banker, the Executive Director of Macquarie Bank and now as a novelist.

Jenny Green graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Science in 1976. After decades conquering the business world she decided in 2003 to devote herself full-time to her passion – sculpture – and has become an acclaimed and awarding-winning sculptor. Chancellor David Gonski remarked that one of her sculptures sits in the UNSW Library, overlooking the Library Lawn, a place which holds fond memories for the Greens of their time at University.

The couple have been major supporters of the Law School and generously established the John M Green Scholarships, each worth $100,000 over the five years of an undergraduate law degree, to provide gifted school-leavers the opportunity to study law at UNSW and have the extraordinary education experience that they received.

Jenny said she was thrilled to be recognised in the Alumni Awards: “UNSW has been very important in our lives and it’s an honour for both John and I to receive this award.”

John said he was especially pleased that five of the John M. Green Scholarship winners were able to attend the Awards. “We hope to see you winning Alumni Awards for achievement in the years to come,” he said.

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