Head of La Trobe University’s Shepparton Campus, Sue Nalder, will be retiring from La Trobe University at the end of the year. Sue’s career at the University has spanned over 24 years.
Sue joined La Trobe’s Shepparton campus in 1994 as a Lecturer in the Business School, which was at the commencement of La Trobe University in Shepparton.
Sue has built strong links between La Trobe University, the business community, all levels of government, and the education and health sectors in the Goulburn Valley region. Together with the Regional Advisory Board, these organisations played a key role in helping secure La Trobe University Shepparton campus building, which opened in 2010.
She was appointed to the role of Acting Head of Shepparton Campus in January 2014 and appointed permanently to the role in June 2014.
“It has been a privilege to be in the role of Head of Campus for five years. I have been supported, not only by La Trobe University’s Senior Management and my colleagues, also by the Goulburn Valley community.
“It was the significant increase in student numbers in the Accounting and Business courses that triggered the campus building we have today. Without the support of local firms and community, La Trobe University would not have been able to grow at the speed it has,” she said.
Apart from being heavily involved in lobbying to secure a stand-alone campus in Shepparton, Sue’s legacy extends to the introduction of a number of new courses. These include Early Childhood and Primary Education, Social Work and Agribusiness, which has led to the need for a further building extension, as student numbers continue to grow.
“The Shepparton campus now has over 800 students, and we are bursting at the seams, which is a great problem to have. I will continue to work with senior leaders at La Trobe, local politicians, industry and community to further the development of the campus during this exciting period of growth,” Ms. Nalder said.
“My priorities before I leave will be working on the proposed building extension, and planning for the next phase of the Shepparton Campus development to attract students to study in Shepparton to support the future needs of our professional workforce.”
Regional Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Speed said Sue’s contribution to La Trobe University and the Goulburn Valley community has been invaluable.
“Sue has been the face of the Shepparton Campus for a very long time and so much of what the University has achieved in the Goulburn Valley is because of her,” Professor Speed said.
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