Published on 30 April 2012
30 April 2012
A University of the Sunshine Coast founding academic who taught management techniques to Business students while establishing strong links between the University and local industry has received an honorary award.
Professor Andrew Hede, who was the founding Dean of the Faculty of Business in 1995, became an Emeritus Professor at the University’s Graduation ceremony on 4 April.
The Buderim resident was one of three former senior academics to receive the award only presented once previously, to founding USC Vice-Chancellor Paul Thomas AM last year. The other recipients are Professor Rod Simpson of Palmwoods and Professor Pam Dyer of Pelican Waters.
Dr Hede, a trained psychologist with a passion for art collecting, was Professor of Management at USC until he retired last year.
“I considered it a privilege to be involved in the start-up of the University and it feels special now to be invited to stay on as a member of the USC family,” he said.
“One of my highlights was presenting managerial psychology to MBA (Master of Business Administration) students to help them reinterpret and build on their previous employment experience,” he said.
“That’s what our University does so well: provide the knowledge and conceptual frameworks to help people understand their work experience and then plan for their own future improved performance.”
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the award recognised Professor Hede’s contributions to education, academic leadership, and sustained and distinguished service.
Professor Hill said Professor Hede had published widely and created strategic alliances between the University, local business and industry, including business seminars, scholarship sponsorships and research funding.
“He also established strong links with the local, national and international community through membership of professional bodies and associated committees, refereeing for national and international journals, and consultancies and grants with industry and government,” Professor Hill said.
Professor Hede played key advisory, facilitation and donation roles in the development of the University’s quality art collection. He was chair of the Vice-Chancellor’s Art Advisory Committee for 10 years.
He is now continuing his research into mindfulness meditation, its history and spread in both the religious and secular domains.
“I’m very proud of publishing an international journal article in 2010 that first introduced the concept of mindfulness from psychology to management,” he said.
Becoming an emeritus professor means Dr Hede will be able to retain the title of “professor” into his retirement.
— Julie Schomberg