Professor Birt, the Vice-Chancellor of CSU’s sponsoring institution, the University of NSW, was appointed interim CSU Vice-Chancellor in July 1989. He held this position until April 1990, after which time he was appointed to CSU’s first Board of Governors.
Professor Birt was awarded an honorary doctorate by CSU in 1995. At the time, founding CSU Vice-Chancellor, Professor C D Blake AM, said “Michael Birt helped to put in place the structure, by-laws, rules, policies, and procedures which guide life at Charles Sturt University today”.
Professor Birt was Vice-Chancellor of the University of NSW from 1981 to 1992.
CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Goulter expressed condolences on behalf of the University.
Professor Birt is survived by his wife Jenny, two sons, and their families.