New CSU Chancellor to carry on tradition

IF CSU’s new Chancellor, businessman and former senior bureaucrat Lawrence Willett, OA, has his way a veterinary science school would be opened in Wagga, even if that meant closing one at a metropolitan university.
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In his first public statement after being formally elected yesterday, Mr Willett said regional Australia’s future turned on training the professionals the regions need in centres like Bathurst.

A former director general of the Commonwealth Department of Health and one of Australia’s most experienced and senior public servants, Mr Willett said

the “Sydney and metro-centric” view of tertiary education had to change.

“If regional Australia is to maintain any sort of semblence of relevance in relation to the total Australian scene we must have the people who are the leaders in regional and rural Australia trained in the areas in which they are going to work.”

He sat beneath a portrait of his predecessor David Asimus at CSU’s Grange as Vice Chancellor Ian Goulter described him as the perfect replacement.

Prof Goulter said Mr Willett, who is mayor of Gunning Shire and runs properties in the Southern Tablelands with his wife Helen, understood the region.

“The other aspect of Mr Willett’s background is that he has a reach beyond the region into metropolitan Australia and into the highest levels of government which gives us the capacity to get our message across.”

Mr Willet is a former CEO of the Commonwealth Superannuation Investment Trust, Commissioner of the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories and sits on numerous boards.

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