University of Southern Queensland has appointed former Hervey Bay High School student Brett Langabeer as the new Head of Campus and Executive Manager for its Fraser Coast Campus.
From humble beginnings that stems from the classroom at Hervey Bay High, Mr Langabeer looks forward to the challenges of his new role.
Finishing high school after Year 10, he knows first-hand the hurdles for young people especially in the Fraser Coast region and understands the importance education plays in reaching their full potential.
"Education is a lifelong commitment to your own development and continues from the early years right through to your senior years," Mr Langabeer said.
"I am passionate about my region and look forward to building on the successes of past leaders of the Fraser Coast campus to continue the legacy of building aspirations in our young people and providing access and choice of quality education to our local community. This is paramount.
"There are tremendous demands placed on students these days to balance part-time and in some cases full-time work too, family commitments, and a raft of demands that can make life hectic. This is why the campus will be striving to provide flexibility to our students, and aiming to look at new ways to provide access to broader education options while being supported locally."
Mr Langabeer said one of USQ Fraser Coast's greatest strengths was its staff.
"The campus has an impressive staff profile of both academic and professional staff that share my enthusiasm and passion for success."
Mr Langabeer brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences that traverses defence and education where he was an officer in the Australian Defence Force for more than 20 years and business manager in higher education over the past eight years.
USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said Mr Langabeer would be responsible for the provision of leadership, strategic development and innovation, financial management and reporting, people management and operational management of the Fraser Coast Campus.
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The new position will participate in and facilitate collaboration and liaison between the Fraser Coast Campus and all other sections of the University. The Campus Executive Manager is part of the Academic Division Executive.
Mr Langabeer commenced his new position on Monday, November 19.