Extract from "The potential of education" - in conversation with Professor Greg Hill, Vice-Chancellor and President of USC
Greg Hill is a former school teacher and rugby league player who became a renowned geographer, ecology researcher and senior academic and manager. He arrived on campus at Sippy Downs in 2005 with a firm agenda to ramp up research capabilities at a university that was barely a decade old. Professor Hill’s succession to USC’s top job in 2011 saw him build on these achievements and tackle ambitious strategic and operational expansions, amid Australia’s volatile higher education environment. In early 2015, he emailed all staff to express his delight at being offered another five-year term by the University Council, chaired by long-time Chancellor John Dobson OAM. Raised in Brisbane, Professor Hill lives on a property in the Sunshine Coast hinterland with wife Laraine, one of their four daughters, three cats, three pet snakes, 20 chooks and a pony. By late 2015, he was also a grandfather of three.
“FIVE FLAGS FLY near the entrance to the University of the Sunshine Coast’s main campus at Sippy Downs – one of USC’s eight locations in 2016. The flags represent this university, Queensland, Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. They represent the power of a university to transform the educational aspirations, economy and culture of a region, to provide opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds to reach their goals, and to extend its teaching and research innovations across a far wider geography. The flags respect the people who were here thousands of years before us, caring for our environment.”