Professor Geoffrey Sherington is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Sydney. Former Dean of the Faculty of Education (1997-2003) and then Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (2003), Professor Sherington has been a member of the University of Sydney for over 25 years. Having graduated with Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History from the University of Sydney and then a Master of Arts from the University of New South Wales, he then studied oveseas in Canada and England graduating from McMaster University with a Ph D. On return to Australia he was appointed a Lecturer in Education at the University of Wollongong before taking up an appointment at the University of Sydney. After a career as lecturer, senior lecturer and Associate Professor he was appointed to a personal chair in the history of education in 1997 just prior to becoming Dean of the Faculty. Over the past 30 years, Professor Sherington has been the author and co-author of 15 books and numerous articles in the history of education. His current interests include the fate of the comprehensive public high school and the history of universities as public institutions. Currently he is not only working on the middle class and school choice project, but a new history of the rise of public universities in Australia and New Zealand.