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Outgoing CQUniversity VC Scott Bowman

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Senator Matthew Canavan Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Senator for Queensland

05 February 2019



Scott Bowman deserves all the accolades he is receiving, as his term as Vice Chancellor of CQ University ends this week.

Scott has provided tremendous leadership to a crucial Central Queensland institution through challenging times. CQUniversity is in a much stronger position now, with more students, greater diversity of courses, a national presence second to none, and a record of innovation that is renowned across the education sector.

Perhaps Scott’s greatest achievement has been to successfully deliver growth for the university, while maintaining its open culture and regional focus. CQUniversity is one of the best regional universities in Australia, thanks to Scott’s leadership.

Scott also navigated the merger of CQUniversity with Central Queensland’s TAFE campuses. This was a challenging exercise that has ultimately created a richer and stronger institution.

Ultimately however, the test for any university is how it improves the lives of its students. CQUniversity continues to deliver excellent results on student satisfaction, with employment outcomes above the national average for Australian universities. This record is so important, particularly in promoting university education to both young regional and indigenous Australians.

Central Queensland is extremely fortunate to have CQUniversity based in Rockhampton. It is an institution with international reach and CQ flavour. I am sure that incoming Vice Chancellor Nick Klomp will build on Scott’s achievements and make CQUniversity an even better institution.

I wish Scott Bowman and his wife Anita all the best in retirement from hectic university life. It is a double blow to lose Anita too - an award winning academic - but they have earned the rest and I wish them well.


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