Former CQUni VC recognised with Queen's Birthday honour

Published:10 June 2019

Former CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and President, Emeritus Professor Scott Bowman

Former CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and President, Emeritus Professor Scott Bowman, has been recognised as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) under the general division, as part of this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Professor Bowman was recognised for his significant contribution to higher education and training and regional Australia.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Professor Bowman immigrated to Australia in the 1990s to further his career as an academic and university administrator.

During his career, Professor Bowman was responsible for leading transformational change across the institutions he worked for and improving engagement between universities and their communities.

He was appointed as CQUniversity’s Vice-Chancellor and President in 2009 and served in the role until earlier this year.

Professor Bowman said that he was humbled and honoured by the recognition while also paying tribute to his former colleagues, who he says made his achievements possible.

“I was absolutely blown away to learn of this honour – it was really unexpected but something that I appreciate so much.

“Education and research are so important within our regional communities and I was very lucky to spend most of my career working on initiatives to increase higher education participation in our regions and advance the delivery of research.

“I am especially proud of my achievements while I served as VC of CQUniversity – it is an amazing university and even though I am now retired, I still take great pride in witnessing their continued progress and impact,” said Professor Bowman.

“I was fortunate to be backed by strong teams of passionate people who helped to make my vision a reality, I really do thank them for their dedication and support over the years”.

Professor Bowman will officially receive the honour at an investiture ceremony later this year.