Development Office to build on Foundation's work

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Development Office to build on Foundation's work


26 November 2012

26 November 2012

The former general manager of marketing and fundraising for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Russell Ousley, has taken on the role of Director of USC’s newly named Development Office.

Mr Ousley, 43, has spent more than 17 years of his 25-year working career developing marketing and fundraising programs and delivering business growth for not-for-profit organisations in education, arts, environment, health, disability and overseas aid.

As well as his position with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Mr Ousley’s career has included working for the Development Office of The University of Queensland and being a Director of Development at Moreton Bay College.

While the title of Director of Development is new to USC, the role replaces the former position of Foundation Executive Officer, previously held by Andrew Pentland. This is part of a bigger change, which involves the Foundation Office being renamed the Development Office.

“Development is a term used broadly by universities to encompass the responsibilities of creating and managing productive relationships which help the university to prosper,” Mr Ousley said.

“Despite the change in name, the focus of the Development Office will be to extend on the work of the Foundation Office over the past 12 years.

“Our aim will be to continue to build on the relationships created by the Foundation Office which helped raise more than $10 million for: scholarships, bursaries and prizes; the Art Gallery; the USC Pool; Health and Sport Centre; and various campus beautification projects such as sculptures.”

Mr Ousley said the Development Office was responsible for growing goodwill among several of the University’s key stakeholders, including its alumni (graduates), and for promoting community engagement with USC.

“The University and the local community gain great mutual advantage when we work together, so I’m looking forward to hearing from people who would like to engage with us,” he said.

“That’s what development is all about: working together to build a stronger community.”

Mr Ousley said the role of the USC Foundation Board would remain unchanged. He said this dedicated and respected group of community members would continue helping to guide and deliver successful development campaigns for the University.

— Terry Walsh

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