VC acknowledged for leading CQUni on a 'remarkable journey'

Published:04 December 2018

Professor Bowman became an Emeritus Professor of CQUniversity during his final graduation ceremony in Rockhampton this week.

Professor Scott Bowman has been acknowledged for leading CQUniversity Australia on a remarkable journey over the past decade.

During Tuesday's afternoon graduation ceremony in Rockhampton, he was appointed as an Emeritus Professor of the University.

The citation for the award pointed out that Professor Bowman has led CQUniversity for almost a decade as the Vice-Chancellor and President and has made significant and lasting contributions to the landscape of this University.

"Scott began his professional life as a radiographer in the UK. He worked as a senior radiographer in a number of hospitals in London before adopting a love for education and becoming a student teacher at Guys Hospital Radiography Education Centre. He soon became the Head of Department of Radiography and Imaging Sciences at the University College of St Martin.

"His vision and leadership qualities, and his ability to take others on a journey of greatness saw him appointed as the foundation Dean of the Faculty of Health Science and Community. In 1998, he moved to Australia to take up the position of Head of the School of Medical Radiation at Charles Sturt University.

"At Charles Sturt, Scott went on to become the foundation Head of the School of Clinical Sciences. He then moved to the University of South Australia where he was appointed Dean of the Whyalla Campus. His passion for engaging with community and his understanding of the considerable impact a University presence can have on a community saw him simultaneously appointed as their foundation Director of Regional Engagement.

"Scott then moved to James Cook University to become Pro Vice-Chancellor (Cairns and Academic Planning & Development) with further appointments as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. In August 2009, he was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor and President of CQUniversity Australia.

"Under Scott’s leadership, CQUniversity has become one of the largest and fastest growing regional universities in Australia and has also become the leading Australian institution for the inclusion of students from low socio-economic backgrounds, regional and remote communities, first-in-family, and indigenous backgrounds.

"Scott has exhibited a deep commitment to engagement and social outreach throughout his career, spearheading CQUniversity’s strategy to become Australia’s most engaged University. This strategy saw the significant expansion of our geographic footprint to more than 20 delivery sites across Australia, making education more accessible and better supporting the needs of our students.

"The growth in student numbers that CQUniversity has sustained over the past 10 years is evidence of Scott’s commitment to strengthening educational opportunities in regional Australia. He has led the University to great success in stemming the flow of gifted students moving from our regions to metropolitan cities for study.

"These students are now graduating and entering local employment, enriching the professional skill sets of the local workforce, value adding to the local economy, and providing for their families.

"Scott’s regime of continual campus investment saw more than $200 million invested in capital works across CQUniversity’s footprint and supported growth in staff, courses and facilities across Australia, all of which played a pivotal role in the economic and social development of the communities we serve.

"Additionally, the historic merger with Central Queensland TAFE in 2014, to establish Queensland’s first truly comprehensive university, is further evidence of his leadership, vision and commitment to continually innovating regional education offerings for the benefit of our communities.

"Under Scott’s leadership, CQUniversity also emerged as a renowned research institution in several key research areas.  His commitment to research and teaching excellence and community engagement led to CQUniversity being recognised amongst the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide.

"More recently, CQUniversity became the only Australian university to be recognised as an accredited Changemaker campus by global social innovation group Ashoka U.

"Scott has been the architect for arguably the strongest culture of ‘giving back’ that can be found anywhere in the Australian university sector. CQUniversity is the only Australian university that has a commitment to dedicating 1 per cent of its annual turnover to social responsibility and philanthropic initiatives – which translates into millions of dollars each year.

"This sees CQUniversity supporting dozens of community groups and organisations nationwide and overseas.

"Scott has fostered this culture of organisational social responsibility from the grassroots layers of his own university.

"These achievements have completely transformed CQUniversity’s reputation and business model into one of the largest, fastest growing and most impactful universities in Australia, and the creation of an infectious culture of social responsibility will always be credited to Scott’s leadership.

"Scott has led the university on a remarkable journey over the past 10 years and has demonstrated that he is a person CQUniversity is proud to acknowledge.

"On this basis, CQUniversity is honoured to appoint Scott Bowman as an Emeritus Professor of the University."