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Campus News : March 2010
4 Campus News April 2010 University of Wollongong 1300 367 869 www.uow.edu.au Andersen adds DC to his UOW roles The University of Wollongong's new Deputy Chancellor Dr Stephen Andersen has taken his many years of voluntary service to UOW to a new level with his latest role. The University Council unanimously elected the prominent Illawarra pathologist and businessman to succeed Sue Chapman as Deputy Chancellor at its meeting on 5 February. Along with Jillian Broadbent, who took over as the University's Chancellor from Michael Codd on 1 October last year, Dr Andersen's election represents a changing of the guard, after long and distinguished service from their predecessors. The Deputy Chancellorship is the latest in a long line of roles Dr Andersen has had at UOW. These include: • Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Medicine (on-going) • Member of the University Council (2008- 2009) • Member of the Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Board (on-going) • Member of the Faculty of Commerce Advisory Committee (1996-2002 and 2007-present) • Member of the Faculty of Science Visiting Committee (1995-2002) SENIOR APPOINTMENTS UNIVERSITY COUNCIL The University Council members at the first meeting for 2010 in February: Back Row: Noel Cornish, Gareth Ward, Christopher Whittaker: Middle Row: Robert Ryan, Rosemary Sinclair, Dom Figliomeni, Peter Fitzgerald, Dr Stephen Andersen (Deputy Chancellor), Geoff O'Donnell; Front Row: Dr Elizabeth Magassy, Associate Professor Diana Kelly, Professor Gerard Sutton (Vice-Chancellor), Jillian Broadbent (Chancellor), Kim Callaway and Penney McFarlane. Absent: Kelly Knowles, Transport Minister David Campbell, Saif AlSulami and Professor Songping Zhu. • Member of the University Foundation (2001- 2003) • Chair of the Alumni Development Group (2007-2009) Dr Andersen, who was made a Fellow of the University in 1998, studied medicine at the University of Sydney and specialised in pathology before moving to the Illawarra, where he founded the highly successful Southern Pathology group. His association with UOW started in 1978, when he enrolled in Italian language classes "to broaden my mind, and help prepare for a trip to Italy". "I enjoyed studying again, so decided to enrol part- time to study Science, particularly biochemistry, microbiology and genetics -- more or less as a refresher course," Dr Andersen said. "I'd do all my uni work between 3am and 6am, then head off to work." He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1990, and immediately enrolled in a Master of Business Administration which he completed in 1994 -- again after studying part-time while he continued to build Southern Pathology into the region's biggest pathology practice. Dr Andersen said he had thoroughly enjoyed his involvement with UOW as a student and in his many advisory capacities. "It is a great university that has grown from relatively modest beginnings to an institute of international standing, as evidenced by the various indices and global surveys of universities," he said. "I am really honoured to have been able to have some input (into that development) over the years, and am particularly honoured to be elected to the role of Deputy Chancellor. "I am really looking forward to working closely with Jillian Broadbent. She is an extremely capable and delightful person. "And of course the University has an excellent executive, led so capably by (Vice-Chancellor Professor) Gerard Sutton." Dr Andersen's new role includes chairing the University Council's Administrative Committee and deputising for the Chancellor when necessary, such as chairing Council meetings and attending official functions including officiating at graduations in Australia and overseas. He admits to particularly looking forward to officiating at graduation ceremonies. "Graduations are such wonderful occasions, witnessing the sense of achievement when people have completed years of study," he said. "They reaffirm my faith in the value of hard work and in the future of Australia." NH Dr Stephen Andersen