Published on 25 January 2012
25 January 2012
University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Andrew Vann has become the Vice-Chancellor of Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, New South Wales.
Professor Vann, 48, completed USC’s Graduate Certificate in Business Administration in 2002 as an online student while working full-time as a senior lecturer at Central Queensland University.
“I am still using the knowledge today that I gained at USC,” Professor Vann said.
“Particularly things like financial skills, because I hadn’t really studied much accounting before I did the subject Accounting for Managers. I think that has stood me in good stead for the whole period since.”
Educated in Britain, Professor Vann has a degree in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Civil Engineering in Systems from the University of Bristol.
He said his study at USC had aided him in the various roles he has held since, including his most recent role as Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of James Cook University in North Queensland.
“It gave me a good foundation for management and subsequently helped by giving me confidence in dealing with people throughout my career,” Professor Vann said.
“Studying online was also a really good experience and literally the only way I could have completed the study at the time because of my work commitments elsewhere.”
Professor Vann is now the second USC graduate to become a vice-chancellor in Australia, following Professor Scott Bowman who took over the reins of Central Queensland University in 2009.
Professor Bowman graduated from USC with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2005 after studying online over four semesters.
— Michelle Widdicombe