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A vision for our region


Brigid Veale
9 July 2009
A series of public farewell lectures, titled 'A Vision for our Region', by Southern Cross University Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Clark will be held during July in Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Tweed Heads.

Professor Clark, who has led Southern Cross University for the past five years, will retire at the end of August.

“Being a Vice-Chancellor is a wonderful job and it has been a privilege to work closely with so many people, both within our own organisation and in the communities which I have come to know so well,” Professor Clark said.

“I am particularly proud of the growth Southern Cross University has achieved over the last five years and the new opportunities this has created for students in this region. Often these students are the first in their family to attend a university and in doing so offer a whole new perspective to their siblings and friends.

“While the economic benefits are well recognised, there are many added benefits for those regions that are ‘home’ to a university. Through their staff and students, universities play a tremendous role in the social and cultural development of a region. Their research and development activities add considerably to the productivity of local industries.”

Professor Clark said while there were challenges ahead, the regions that Southern Cross University served were well placed for the future.

“We do need to explore and discuss the options and opportunities,” he said.

“We need to continually look for ways to ensure that the opportunities for higher education in regional Australia are supported and, in doing so, our regional towns and cities will continue to thrive and develop.”

The farewell lectures, titled ‘A Vision for our Region’ will be held on:

July 14: Lismore campus, Whitebrook Theatre, 10am.
July 21: Coffs Harbour campus, D Block Theatre, 11am.
July 23: Tweed Heads campus, Brett Street, Harvard Rooms 1 and 2, 10am.

Morning tea will be provided. All members of the public, staff, students and alumni are welcome to attend.

Photo: Professor Paul Clark.