Former Vice-Chancellor to chair hospital board

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Published on 18 May 2012

18 May 2012

University of the Sunshine Coast’s former Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Thomas AM has been appointed to chair the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Board.

Professor Thomas retired from USC in mid-2010 after leading the University from initial planning in 1994 to become a well-established campus with more than 7,000 students by 2010.

Queensland’s Health Minister Lawrence Springborg announced the appointment today.

In a Ministerial statement, Mr Springborg said Professor Thomas would be accountable for the performance of the local hospital and health board in purchasing and providing health services that meet the needs of the area.

“Professor Thomas brings extensive experience to his new role of Chair of the local Hospital and Health Board,” Mr Springboard said in the statement.

“Paul has substantial board experience and well established networks in the Sunshine Coast region. He was successful in establishing the University of the Sunshine Coast and is the University’s founding Vice-Chancellor and President.

“Paul has an important role to play in transforming the way local health services are governed and I congratulate him on the appointment.”

Professor Thomas said he was excited about his new role and was busy reading up on how the hospital and health board will operate.

“I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to be involved in forging new structures for health provision, especially when the measures emphasise devolution and community involvement as they do,” he said.

“I will always have an enduring love of the Coast and its people and this was an opportunity to contribute to the region's further advancement.”

Professor Thomas has received numerous awards for his leadership, including a Centenary Medal in 2002 for services to higher education and an Order of Australia Medal (AM) in 2007 for services to higher education and the establishment of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

In 2009 he was the recipient of the Asia-Pacific Chief Executive Leadership Award by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Professor Thomas also is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, a recipient of a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship and a member of the National Leadership Institute National Advisory Board.

USC last year honoured Professor Thomas for his energy, vision and leadership as founding vice-chancellor by making him the University’s first emeritus professor.

— Terry Walsh

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