General Hurley has had a long and distinguished career in command in the Australian Defence Force, which culminated in his appointment as Chief of the Defence Force in 2011.
Mr Baird said General Hurley was an outstanding Australian who dedicated his entire adult life to serving his country.
“The people of NSW are extremely fortunate General Hurley has accepted the position of Governor,” Mr Baird said.
General Hurley was born in Wollongong in 1953 and graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in December 1975 into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps.
In 2010 General Hurley became a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his service in Somalia during Operation SOLACE.
He will retire from the Defence Force in July.
General Hurley replaces Marie Bashir, who was one of NSW’s longest serving Governors.