University of Adelaide Chancellor, Robert Hill has been reappointed for a further two-year term to July 2014.

The former Federal Government minister commenced as Chancellor in 2010, succeeding the Hon Justice John von Doussa QC, and is the university's 15th chancellor since its establishment in 1874.

Robert Hill said he was honoured to lead the University's Council for another term and he particularly looked forward to overseeing the University's plans for the future.

"It is a great privilege to be part of such an iconic place of higher learning," he says.

The imminent retirement of current Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor James McWha, will see the first change in leadership of the University in a decade.

"This is a watershed year for the University," says Deputy Chancellor, Pamela Martin. "With the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor in 2012, it is imperative that the continuity and vision be maintained at the highest levels.

"The higher education sector is also going through a transformation as the first group of students commence studies in a market driven system. We must position ourselves to be flexible and responsive to those shifting paradigms.

"Robert brings to the position of Chancellor a unique insight and knowledge of the sector on a state, national and international basis."

Robert Hill is an Adjunct Professor in Sustainability within the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Before entering politics, he was a barrister and solicitor having gained a masters degree in law from the University of London. His long political career, from 1981 until 2006, included 10 years as the Leader of the Government in the Senate from March 1996 until his resignation in January 2006.