Business expert ready to lead USC Gympie

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Business expert ready to lead USC Gympie


7 November 2012

7 November 2012

A business management and marketing academic with an extensive business development background in the information technology industry is set to lead the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new $5.5 million Gympie Learning Hub.

Graham Young will join USC at Sippy Downs next week (12 November) and take up his position as Manager of USC Gympie early next year.

Mr Young’s previous job was at the University of Southern Queensland, where he was a Lecturer in Marketing and Business Management and the Fraser Coast Campus Coordinator for its Faculty of Business and Law.

His research interests are strategic management and small/medium business general management.

Mr Young, currently living in Hervey Bay, said he was impressed by the dramatic growth of USC.

“I was attracted to this job because it’s a start-up operation, something I’m very familiar with after a long time in the IT and computer industry where I started organisations from scratch and enjoyed the process very much,” he said.

“The opportunity to do that again, for a university campus, is very exciting. I’ll be able to utilise all the skills I’ve accumulated in the commercial world and academia.”

Mr Young, who moved into academia seven years ago, said he had enjoyed assisting to lead a small regional campus on the Fraser Coast prior to this appointment and was looking forward to his new role.

“I expect the first degree programs at USC Gympie, Education and Nursing, to be very popular,” he said.

“I’ve visited Gympie itself and the USC Sippy Downs campus and there’s such a nice atmosphere about the USC campus that I hope to recreate in Gympie.”

Semester 1 classes at Gympie in 2013 will be provided at the Wide Bay Institute of TAFE and James Nash State High School while construction of USC’s two-storey facility on the WBIT campus is completed.

Facilities in the new building will include a 75-seat lecture theatre, a laboratory and tutorial rooms, study areas for students, staff offices and interactive learning technology to connect with USC’s Sippy Downs campus.

USC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann said Mr Young had held management positions in industry and senior executive positions in academia.

“Graham will be a great asset in developing USC Gympie,” she said.

Mr Young said he expected USC Gympie to attract both school leavers and mature-age students.

“My first goal is to get the building commissioned and promote the campus to Gympie and the wider Gympie region, from Kilkivan to Tin Can Bay to Goomeri,” he said.

“These towns are a fair distance from Gympie but they have never had a uni campus so close and I hope they will find USC’s new availability very attractive.

“Being able to maintain your support structure of family and friends, and attend a University campus is very advantageous.”

— Julie Schomberg

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