Published on 1 August 2013
A new senior manager has been appointed to steer the University of the Sunshine Coast’s corporate services through expected rapid growth and change.
Bernard Lillis has started work as the new Pro Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Services) following the retirement of Peter Sullivan.
He is responsible for the areas of Finance, Facilities, Human Resources and Information Technology, which are critical to supporting USC’s people, campus and operations.
Mr Lillis was most recently Chief Operating Officer at the University of Southern Queensland and Executive Director Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Tasmania.
“I’ve performed this role with a variety of titles at five universities over the last 20 years and I am impressed by USC’s shared sense of its mission, its morale, camaraderie and pride in what has been achieved in a short period,” he said.
“Higher education will continue to go through far-reaching changes in Australia and USC so far has shown itself to be adaptable and able to thrive.
“We will need to deepen our resilience to maintain focus on students and quality and to develop new offerings, markets and expertise.”
Mr Lillis said he was looking forward to bringing his university and industry expertise, which includes financial roles with engineering firms, brewers and rubber manufacturing, to USC at such an exciting stage of its development.
He aimed to continue Mr Sullivan’s work on building a robust division and successful initiatives in risk management, resource and budget management.
— Julie Schomberg