Dubbo has received official status as a full campus of Charles Sturt University with the appointment of a new Advisory Committee announced at the inaugural meeting of The University Council in Bathurst.
In recognition of their good work and commitment to development of the Dubbo Campus, the members of the Interim Advisory Committee were re-appointed to the new Committee formalised following the recent amendments to the Charles Sturt University Act in Parliament.
Respected Dubbo community member and senior public servant, Dr Geoffrey Wise is the only new member of the Dubbo Advisory Committee who joins continuing members, Susan Benedyka, Neil Black, Ray Fairweather, Murray Fedderson, Michael Kennedy, Garry Page, Lynette Riley-Mundine and senior CSU staff.
Dr Wise will take up the position as Presiding Officer, replacing Susan Benedyka who has held the position since the Interim Advisory Committee was established in 1996.
Dr Wise is the Western Lands Commissioner and Regional Director with the Department of Land and Water Conservation and held senior positions in NSW Agriculture between 1964-95. He is a Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and Chair of the West 2000 Management Board. A member of the Orana Regional Development Board, Dr Wise has had a longstanding association with the Dubbo community and the Orana region.
Head of the Dubbo Campus Dr Peter Hodgson paid tribute to Ms Benedyka's commitment to the University in the last three years.
"I regret that professional commitments made it difficult for Ms Benedyka to take this position on for a further term and we are grateful for her energy and enthusiasm in leading the Committee during the formative years of the University in Dubbo.
"The University congratulates Dr Wise on the appointment and looks forward to his leadership as the new Dubbo Campus begins to take shape and we head into an exciting phase of development in the city."
A further change in the Committee will result with the resignation by Member for Dubbo Tony McGrane who gave notice to the University Council last Friday, due to the demands of his political schedule.
The new Advisory Committee for the Dubbo Campus will meet at CSU's Myall Street Campus later in the year.