In my fifteen years at the University of the Sunshine Coast, there have been a few crucial milestones which have defined the progress and promise of this University. The Building Excellence Campaign has been one of those landmarks.
Thanks in great part to the 271 donors who gave over $5 million to the campaign, USC is today significantly better placed to assist deserving but often economically challenged students with the cost of their education. In many cases, this assistance in the form of scholarships and bursaries is the factor that determines whether or not they attend and remain involved at university at all.
Because of donor support, critical fields such as nursing, occupational therapy, paramedic science and public health will become enhanced through knowledge and education produced at world-class facilities in USC’s new Health and Sport Centre.
Ultimately, the outcomes of teaching and research at this University will touch the lives of nearly every family on the Sunshine Coast.
Today as I read over the list of campaign donors and the impact they have had here, I am filled with gratitude and admiration for the community which has always been so passionately involved in this University’s development.
Together we have watched USC grow into a vibrant catalyst for intellectual and economic growth in our region. The talented students and world-class staff with whom I have the pleasure of interacting on a daily basis fill me with tremendous optimism for our future.
I commend the leadership of Tim Fairfax and all members of the USC Foundation Board, as well as Foundation Executive Officer Andrew Pentland and his team, and congratulate them all on a remarkable campaign. I also extend my personal gratitude to every individual who made a gift to this campaign, regardless of the amount. These heroes will always be an important part of our University family and history.
Professor Paul Thomas AM
Vice-Chancellor and President