Having grown up on a dairy farm in nearby Strathmerton, Sue is passionate about striving to provide the best educational opportunities for everyone in the region, and will work with schools, GOTAFE and the community, endeavouring to achieve these goals.
Pro Vice Chancellor Regional, Professor Richard Speed, said Sue had been acting head of campus since the retirement of Liz Lavender at the end of last year.
'In that time Sue has shown great leadership in the role and a passion for the campus and the promotion of higher education in the regions,' Richard said.
Since starting at La Trobe as the Co-ordinator of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, Sue has overseen extensive growth in student numbers in accounting and business, and developed strong links with local business and the community.
Sue said these links had proved invaluable in La Trobe University's quest to develop a state of the art facility in Shepparton, which was finally realised when the new building was opened in 2011.
'There are about 550 students now studying at the campus, making La Trobe University the largest provider of higher education in regional Victoria,' Sue said.
'The exciting challenge ahead is to continue to build on the quality courses offered at La Trobe Shepparton, and to encourage the career aspirations of students in the Goulburn Valley, and to increase the number of professionals living and working here.'
After completing her tertiary education in Bendigo, Sue worked as an accountant in Melbourne, but has spent the majority of her career in education.
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Terry Sefton (03) 9479 2315 / 0451 052 990