Published on 23 January 2012
23 January 2012
John Dobson OAM has been re-elected unopposed as the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Chancellor for a second five-year term starting in April.
John Dobson has been a USC Council member for 14 years and was first elected Chancellor in 2007 after pastoralist Ian Kennedy AO retired from the role.
The Chancellor is responsible for governing the University, while the Vice-Chancellor is the CEO and is responsible for managing the University. These are collaborative roles and the relationship between the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor is a vital one.
“I’m very happy to be re-elected as Chancellor,” John Dobson said.
“There is a new energy and direction of the University and it’s good to be part of such a success story. We’re up with the best universities with learning and teaching skills, and we’ve been the fastest-growing university that the nation’s ever had.
“When I go to chancellor’s conferences, the other chancellors all want to know what USC is doing. While we might be a small university, we’re also one of the most effective.
“I think the University is on an upward trend. There is the development of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and our involvement there, our expansion geographically into Gympie and our partnerships with TAFE.
“And our projected student growth is significant. In the next five years we’re set to go through the 12,000 student mark.”
Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill congratulated John Dobson on his re-election and said he had the full support of the 18-member USC Council.
“This is a reflection on the way the current University Council is operating and very much to the benefit of our University community,” Professor Hill said.
“It is crucial to the success of any university that the relationship between the Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor is a positive and mutually supportive one, so I’m very pleased to see John agree to another term.”
— Terry Walsh