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Associate Vice-Chancellors

Cairns and Far North Queensland Region – Ms Jodie Duignan-George

Jodie Duignan-George

Jodie Duignan-George is the Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Cairns and Far North Queensland Region.

As head of campus, Jodie is responsible for the management of the new Cairns CBD campus and is committed to working with community and industry to ensure that CQUniversity positively contributes to the region’s development through the establishment of mutually beneficial relationships and projects that make a difference.

CQUniversity Cairns offers a range of programs across many discipline areas including health, education,engineering and business. Jodie is always open to discussions with industry inrelation to course development, course feedback, opportunities for partnerships around student placements and general research opportunities. Local research strengths include tourism, economic development, gambling research, Indigenous leadership and Indigenous health, along with access to the broader CQUniversity research network. The Cairns campus is also home to CQUniversity’s newly opened Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities (CTRO).

To make an appointment to see Jodie please contact Cairns campus reception on +61 7 4037 4777.

Central Highlands Region – Mr Blake Repine

Blake Repine

Blake Repine is the Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Central Highlands Region. Blake has over 18 years of experience in Defence as well as many years’ experience working with small to medium sized businesses across multiple industries and countries. As Associate Vice-Chancellor, Blake is responsible for identifying, developing and leading strategic growth opportunities for CQUniversity within the Central Highlands Region.

Blake is always open to opportunities to collaborate with industry and community leaders in the Central Highlands to create positive outcomes for the region’s communities.


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Gladstone Region – Associate Professor Owen Nevin

Owen Nevin

Associate Professor Owen Nevin is the Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Gladstone Region. As Associate Vice-Chancellor, Owen is keen to promote the Gladstone region as a fantastic location to pursue post-school study options, from certificate through  to degree courses, and also industrial and environmentally-focused research. Owen has a background in behavioural ecology, specialising in large carnivores,  particularly bears. Currently, Owen is working as part of a research team helping to conserve the globally endangered snow leopard.


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Mackay-Whitsunday Region – Professor Pierre Viljoen

Pierre Viljoen

Professor Pierre Viljoen is the Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Mackay-Whitsunday Region. Pierre is responsible for the management of the campus by fostering the image of the University, ensuring the goals and mission of the University are pursued in the local community, and ensuring the University plays a vital role in the region's development. In addition to this, Pierre is also CQUniversity’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement & Campuses Division),  and provides leadership and advice to the Vice-Chancellor and President on strategies to cultivate high quality relationships with the University's internal and external communities and to develop productive partnerships to further the region's interests and the University's strategic priorities.


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New South Wales Region – Mr Phillip Cenere

Phillip Cenere

Phillip Cenere FAIM GAICD is the Associate Vice-Chancellor for CQ University’s New South Wales region and head of the Sydney campus. He has responsibility for business growth and development, regional engagement, teaching and learning, research and the pastoral care of students and staff.

Phillip is an experienced leader in executive education and higher education management and a non-executive director and board consultant. He previously served six years as Associate Dean of the School of Business and Senior Lecturer (Public Relations) at The University of Notre Dame (Sydney campus). He also taught across a range of business and communication subjects at Macquarie University, UTS and the University of Wollongong, and worked as journalist for business and trade publications. He is the lead author of Communication Skills for Business Professionals (Cambridge University Press) and has written for Company Director.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a former member of Australian Institute of Company Directors NSW Council.

Phillip and his wife live in the NSW Central Coast and are actively involved in volunteering for not-for-profit causes and charities.


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Rockhampton Region – Ms Kim Harrington

Kim Harrington

Kim Harrington is the Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Rockhampton Region and is responsible for the operation of both CQUniversity campuses in Rockhampton and the large cohort of distance students in the region. Kim has been with CQUniversity since July 2012 in various roles including the Director  of Queensland Centre for Professional Development, and Director of the Academic Unification Project within the CQU/CQ TAFE merger project. Kim also has extensive experience within Vocational education in Queensland including roles such as Director of Studies Faculty of Business & International; Leading  Vocational Teacher; and Head of Faculty. Kim has extremely strong networks within the Rockhampton community which is valuable in her role as AVC (Rockhampton Region). In addition to her AVC duties, Kim continues in her role within the Industry and VET Division which involves business development and  industry engagement.


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South Australia Region – Professor Drew Dawson

Drew Dawson

Drew Dawson is the Associate Vice-Chancellor for the South Australia Region and is responsible for CQUniversity's operations in Adelaide. CQUniversity Adelaide is home to The Appleton Institute, where Drew is also the director. The Appleton Institute boasts around 30 professional researchers, research  students and support staff across a broad range of talents, skills and specialist areas including sleep research, safety science, applied psychology, human factors and safety management systems, human-animal interaction and cultural anthropology.


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South East Queensland Region – Mr Graham Black

Graham Black

Graham Black is the Associate Vice-Chancellor for the South East Queensland Region and is responsible for the management of the city centre campus. The campus has over 1,000 international and domestic students and is conveniently located close to Brisbane's major public transport hubs. Graham is eager  to promote the campus as a study centre for Distance Education students. The Campus offers distance students a learning hub with a range of facilities including library, student support, meeting and tutorial rooms, student work stations, and wireless networking. Previously, Graham worked as Director  of CQUniversity Library in Rockhampton.

Sunshine Coast Region – Teressa Schmidt

Teressa Schmidt

Teressa has been involved in the adult and vocational education (AVE) field for nearly 20 years. During this time she has held various positions in TAFE and has undertaken research and course development work for both public and private organisations in Australia and the Pacific. Teressa has worked as a sessional lecturer and tutor at Griffith University and is currently completing a PhD. Her research interests are in adult and vocational education, VET (Vocational Education and Training) teacher education and skills development, instructional design, workforce development and workplace learning.

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Townsville and North West Queensland Region  – Kari Arbouin

Kari Arbouin

Kari Arbouin is the Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Townsville & North West Queensland Region. During her time at CQUniversity, Kari has helped establish sites in Townsville, Cairns, Cannonvale (no longer in operation), Charters Towers, Perth and Karratha. Kari has truly made Townsville and the north her home having worked in health and business development for many years.  She is a former Townsville Business Woman of the year, has earned an Australia Day award and a Queensland Health award for her contribution to health in the far west. Kari believes her role fits perfectly with her passion for small communities and the desire to develop a flexible pathway for students to pursue their dream career from any location.

Victoria Region – Ms Lara Carton

Lara Carton

Lara Carton is the Associate Vice-Chancellor of the Victoria Region & Director Social Innovation and is responsible for the management of this vibrant, city centre campus in Melbourne, which is home to students from around the world. As Associate Vice-Chancellor, Lara is keen to ensure that students benefit from everything that the city can offer in the form of career and volunteering opportunities, social activities and exposure to a range of diverse cultural experiences. With an increasing focus on community engagement and social enterprise opportunities, students and staff of the campus have opportunities to participate in activities that support the University’s core values of engagement and inclusiveness. The campus specialises in business, management, information technology and systems, also runs several hands on programs: sonography, chiropractic, engineering, accident forensics following to the recent engagement with Rural Industrial Skills and Training RIST. CQUniversity Melbourne campus also offer Bachelor of Agriculture from Hamilton and is pursuing the delivery of Nursing in Hamilton and other regional areas.

Contact: Lara Carton l.carton@cqu.edu.au


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Western Australia Region – Professor Trevor Davison

Trevor Davison

Professor Trevor Davison is the Associate Vice-Chancellor for Western Australia.

Trevor is responsible for the management of the new Perth CBD campus, the regional Study Hubs in Busselton, Broome and Karratha, and the ongoing partnership with the Geraldton Universities Centre. Trevor is committed to working with the community and industry to establish mutually beneficial partnerships that contribute to the development of Western Australia.

CQUniversity Perth will offer a range of courses across many areas including sonography, echocardiography, hospitality, engineering and business. With a mix of on-campus and distance courses, there will be options to suit various students. The Study Hubs in regional WA also provide additional personal support and services for students in those regions and respond to local education and training needs.

Trevor is always open to discussions with industry and community leaders about how CQUniversity can respond to education, training and research opportunities in Western Australia and to organise work placements for our students.

To make an appointment to see Trevor please contact him via email t.davison@cqu.edu.au

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Wide Bay Burnett Region – Professor Andy Bridges

Andy Bridges

Professor Andy Bridges is the Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Wide Bay Burnett Region and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience and Strategic Development). As Associate Vice-Chancellor, Andy is keen to promote the Wide Bay Burnett region as an outstanding environment to pursue university studies and research. Bundaberg offers a wide range of programs across discipline areas including Health, Education, Engineering and Business. Research undertaken at the Bundaberg Campus relates to the community it is a part of with strengths in Resilient Communities, Horticulture and Gambling Behaviour.

In his role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience), Andy heads up a division that oversees the student journey from admission and enrolment through to graduation and undertakes a comprehensive range of student services with a strong focus on ensuring a positive student experience for all students.

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Development) Andy has oversight of major development projects both nationally and internationally.

As a member of the University's Senior Executive, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor supports the Vice-Chancellor and President with the leadership and management of the University, underpinning its vision and academic direction as an innovative, accessible and great University in line with its values and Strategic and Operational Plans.


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