CSU strengthens support for regions with two new senior appointments


Wednesday 28 Feb 2018

Increased commitment to building resilient people, flourishing communities and sustainable environments is behind two high profile appointments to Charles Sturt University.

Former Deputy Leader of the Nationals and Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash and former Chief Program Officer at the Australian Research Council, Associate Professor Laura Dan will take up new roles with the University in the Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Research, Development and Industry).

Ms Nash is taking up the role of Strategic Adviser, Regional Development and Associate Professor Laura Dan is taking up the role of Director, Knowledge Exchange and Engagement.

These two new roles are a significant investment by the University, advancing development in our regions and increasing opportunities for engagement with key stakeholders to drive growth and prosperity in rural and regional Australia.

Today’s announcement builds on Charles Sturt University’s long history of promoting the economic, social and environmental development of the cities and towns across our footprint.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development and Industry) Professor Mary Kelly said the roles will explore partnerships across all areas of the University including teaching, research, professional, geographical and political.

“The development of high impact programs that deliver lasting outcomes to drive positive and bold change in our communities, is a high priority for the University.

“This will increase our capacity to work with our rich and talented communities in delivering lasting impact in our regions,” said Professor Kelly.


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Media contact: Peter Fraser, 0477 777 023

Media Note:

Fiona Nash will be available for interview on Wednesday 28 February between 11.30am and 1.30pm. Please contact Director of Government and Community Relations Peter Fraser on pfraser@csu.edu.au or mobile 0477 777 023.

Background notes:

  • * Ms Fiona Nash having grown up in Sydney, has spent the last 25 years in regional Australia. She has been involved in farming, and also spent 12 years serving the community as a Senator for NSW and in several ministerial roles, including regional development. A Mitchell College of Advanced Education graduate, Fiona has a long-held connection to CSU and in taking up this position had no hesitation as to the direction of her life after politics. Fiona intends to bring her breadth of experience to CSU in this role and shares very passionately our goal to enable and support strong flourishing regional communities.
  • * Associate Professor Laura Dan has just completed a secondment with Innovation and Science Australia to develop the 2030 Strategic Plan for Innovation and Science. Previously she was Chief Program Officer for the Australian Research Council, and driving its alignment with the various Government agendas, including promoting greater engagement across sectors and across disciplines, and increasing the ability of research endeavours to produce impactful outcomes with commercial and community benefits.