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Campus News : December 2011
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News December 2011 3 Vice-Chancellor 1995 - 2011 Governor praises V-C's contribution From page 1. MILESTONES OF THE SUTTON ERA his wife Sylvia, their children and grandchildren in the spectacular ballroom at Government House. They included past and present NSW politicians including NSW Finance Minister and Minister for the Illawarra Greg Pearce, former Premier Nick Greiner, former Treasurer Michael Egan and former Education Minister John Aquilina, UOW Chancellor Jillian Broadbent, senior UOW staff, leaders from other universities and friends. The Governor particularly welcomed representatives from the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Canberra. "The University has made an enormous contribution to education in the Emirates and ... is held in very high esteem there," she said. Professor Sutton said he was "deeply honoured" that the Governor had hosted the reception. He reflected on a career spanning more than 40 years in research institutions and universities, saying he had enjoyed every minute. He paid special tribute to the support he had received from his wife, saying: "I would not have had the success -- or the fun -- that I have had without Sylvia's contribution." Describing UOW as among a small group of the most important institutions in Australia, Professor Sutton said: "Australia would not be where it is today without the universities and research institutions of this country." He said it had been a great privilege to have custodianship and responsibility for UOW for so many years, but that time was coming to an end. "Universities go on forever, but vice-chancellors don't," he added. NH we were developing the concept, we thought it had great potential in helping the region develop alternative industries to its traditional manufacturing base. Just how important this will be to the Illawarra's future is being borne out by the recent decision by BlueScope Steel to halve production at its Port Kembla Steelworks, and reduce its workforce by 1100 people. The Innovation Campus represents the future of the Illawarra, and we've really only just begun. There are six buildings now, but eventually there will be four times that number. The next building under construction, housing a Sustainable Buildings research institute, has major implications for this region's manufacturing industries by developing ideas for a greener, more sustainable approach to building design and materials while another planned centre -- iAccelerate -- is designed to be a start- up centre for innovative new businesses. It is also vital that the federal and state governments support our proposed health and medical precinct at the Innovation Campus. By combining the University's Graduate School of Medicine and the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute with a major hospital The year 2000, and then Prime Minister John Howard presents Professor Gerard Sutton with UOW's second successive Australian University of the Year award. 1990: Professor Gerard Sutton joins UOW from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) as Deputy Vice-Chancellor 1995: Professor Sutton succeeds Professor Ken McKinnon as UOW Vice-Chancellor 1999: UOW named Australian University of the year for 1999-2000 for outstanding research and development partnerships 2000: UOW awarded an unprecedented second successive Australian University of the Year title for 2000-2001 for preparing students for the e-world 2002: UOW and the NSW Government announce the start of the Innovation Campus 2004: UOW and the Federal Government announce the establishment of the Graduate School of Medicine 2005: UOW ranked the top Australian university for teaching performance 2006: UOW named the inaugural Commonwealth University of the Year by The Times Higher Education Supplement andthe Association of Commonwealth Universities 2006: UOW included in the world's Top 200 universities in The Times Higher Education Supplement World University Rakings for the first time 2006: Professor Sutton begins a two-year term as President of the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee, leading the reform of the organisation and its replacement with a new body, Universities Australia 2008: Professor Sutton made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day Honours for his services to tertiary education and the Illawarra 2008: In September Professor Sutton becomes UOW's longest-serving Vice- Chancellor 2010: The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute opens at UOW 2011: The $62 million SMART Infrastructure Facility -- Australia's first dedicated infrastructure research and training institute -- opens at UOW. development, we could significantly lift health care standards in this region. Ultimately, Wollongong Hospital should co-locate on the campus because clearly it has outgrown its current location -- but it can't happen without state and federal support. I have been hugely fortunate in my time at UOW to have been supported by great people. Ken McKinnon has been a wonderful mentor, while my senior Executive team and Deans have been extraordinary. In my close to 17 years as Vice-Chancellor there naturally has been turnover in both the Executive team and Deans, but I believe we have consistently had the best collective group of higher education leaders in the country. When great people have left, either retiring or taking up senior appointments elsewhere, they have been replaced by other great people who have quickly embraced the UOW culture. All these people have been absolutely pivotal to our success. It would not be fair for me to single out individuals for special mention, such is my appreciation for the support I have received from all my Executive and Deans over the years, as well as academic and general staff across the campus. However, I would like to publicly acknowledge three women whose contributions to me personally and to the University have been incalculable in my time as Vice-Chancellor. I have been hugely fortunate to have had Halina Majer as my Executive Assistant throughout my time as Vice- Chancellor. Halina served my predecessors Michael Birt and Ken McKinnon, and has been an extraordinary support for us all. Over many years Protocol Officer Heidi De Coster's attention to detail and professionalism has ensured that our official events are always a wonderful showcase for the University. But the person I owe most to is my wife, Sylvia. I could not have done this job without her unfailing support, while her insight and wisdom means she has often been the perfect sounding board. I am looking forward to spending more time with Sylvia, and to being involved in a number of boards and committees where I can hopefully apply the knowledge and experience I have gained in this job for the good of the community. I am also looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this great institution. I have no doubt it will be exciting. GS From page 2.