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A new chapter: CSU chooses new Vice-Chancellor
24 Jun 2011
Charles Sturt University Chancellor, Lawrie Willett AO, today announced that Professor Andrew Vann will succeed Professor Ian Goulter as the new Vice-Chancellor and President of Charles Sturt University (CSU).
Professor Vann will take up his appointment in January 2012.
Professor Vann was selected from a high quality field of applicants after an extensive national and international search. He is currently Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at James Cook University and is responsible for leading the University’s teaching and learning strategies.
“The Charles Sturt University Council is very excited by the selection of Professor Vann who will lead us through the next chapter of growth,” said Chancellor Willett.
“The first chapter of the Charles Sturt University story was written by Emeritus Professor Cliff Blake who was responsible for leading the creation of the University and laying the foundations for its current success as Australia’s largest regional University.
“The second chapter, written by Professor Goulter, was a period of strategic growth that saw the addition of veterinary science and dentistry, major steps in growing our research strengths, expansion into high quality international markets, and the addition of new campuses in rural and regional Australia.
“The third chapter will be written by Professor Andrew Vann.
“Andrew has a deep understanding of the needs of regional communities gained from his many years working in regional higher education, and brings a demonstrated commitment to growing opportunities for rural and regional students.
“Having spent his early career in industry, he has a practical understanding of the needs of industry that will further strengthen Charles Sturt University’s position as Australia’s leader in work-integrated learning and applied research.
“He has a strong record of academic achievement in applied engineering research and joins Charles Sturt University with a strong belief in the importance of engaging with industry to develop research programs. He is committed to growing our research strengths.
“He also brings unique skills and insights that will help Charles Sturt University, as Australia’s leading online and distance education provider, further advance online education and the student experience,” said Chancellor Willett.
Professor Vann welcomed his move to Charles Sturt University.
"I am thrilled and honoured to be appointed as the next Vice-Chancellor and President of Charles Sturt University," said Professor Vann.
“I have devoted the last 15 years of my life to education in rural and regional Australia and this gives me the opportunity to continue and strengthen that contribution. I was attracted to Charles Sturt University because of its unique geographical position in inland Australia and its connection to its communities.
“Charles Sturt University is also making very important contributions in incorporating Indigenous perspectives in curriculum and in educating Indigenous students.
“It has research strengths in areas that are critical for rural and regional Australia and the nation as a whole.
“I am also delighted to be following Professor Goulter as Vice-Chancellor. Under Ian's leadership Charles Sturt University has clearly grown and strengthened substantially.
“My family and I have really enjoyed the warmth and friendliness of regional communities since we moved to Australia. We are looking forward to moving to inland NSW and being an active part of Charles Sturt University’s diverse communities,” said Professor Vann.
Professor Goulter welcomed Professor Vann to CSU.
“I have known Andrew for many years and have high regard for the important contributions he made in research and teaching and learning at Central Queensland University, where we worked together for a period of time, and at James Cook University,” said Professor Goulter.
Professor Andrew Vann will commence as Vice-Chancellor of Charles Sturt University in January 2012. He and his family will reside in the Vice-Chancellor’s official residence in Bathurst.
Chancellor Lawrie Willett AO, will formally introduce Professor Vann at a media conference to be held in The Chancellery (The Grange, at CSU in Bathurst) at 10.30am on Thursday 30 June 2011.
Further information about the media conference is available from Ms Heather Mackinnon, Executive Officer, Office of the Vice-Chancellor on (02) 6338 4866 or send an email.
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