Professor Greg Hill has served as the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the Sunshine Coast since 2011 and previously as Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2005-2010. In this role he was associated with the introduction of a broad range of new undergraduate programs and the development of USC’s track record in high quality teaching. He also laid the foundations for the rapid development of USC’s research profile and performance, and enhanced USC’s engagement with its community.
As the University’s Chief Executive Officer, Professor Hill has led the development of USC as a growing, comprehensive university that is increasingly research intensive and is becoming the primary engine of capacity building for the region from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast.
Professor Hill also holds the position of Chair of the Regional Universities Network and is a strong advocate for furthering the advancement of regional universities and their students.
Professor Hill is recognised nationally for research, teaching innovation, technology transfer to developing countries, and Indigenous education. His research interests include: remote sensing, wildlife ecology, environmental planning, and education.
His career began as a primary school teacher, later completing a BA Honours (Geography) and PhD (Wildlife/Statistical Ecology) at the University of Queensland (UQ) where he taught for 15 years and was appointed as Reader in Geographical Sciences and Director of the Australian Research Council Key Centre in Land Information Studies (AKCLIS).
He accepted the Foundation Chair in Tropical Environmental Science at Charles Darwin University (CDU) in 1995 and was a Dean from 1997 to 2004 with responsibilities spanning education, health and science.
At CDU, he was actively involved in the establishment, management and governance of University and national research centres including the Tropical Savannas CRC, the Sustainable Tourism CRC, Centre for Tropical Wetlands Management, the Centre for Indigenous Natural and Cultural Resource Management and the ARC Key Centre in Tropical Wildlife Management. He held various government appointments including: Chair, Northern Territory Board of Studies; Kakadu National Park Research Advisory Committee; and the AVCC’s (now UA) Indigenous Advisory Committee.
His experience in the Northern Territory cemented a commitment to Indigenous Australians and he is privileged to be adopted into the community of the White Eagle (Mak Mak) people from the Finnis River district.