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USQ welcomes new face on senior leadership team

Professor Karen Nelson takes up Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) position

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) heads into 2019 with a leadership team eager to build on outstanding results across all areas of the University.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie has welcomed Professor Karen Nelson to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) who commenced at the University yesterday (February 4).

“Professor Nelson joins us from the University of the Sunshine Coast where, as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students), she was responsible for transforming USC’s approach to student engagement and success,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“She has had strategic oversight of the student life-cycle activities and has led a range of curricular and co-curricular initiatives to enhance students’ engagement, retention and success.

“An expert in student engagement and retention, Professor Nelson’s research into the complexity surrounding student success has been instrumental in uncovering the factors influencing attrition and advancing practices across the sector.”

Prior to joining USC, Professor Nelson held the roles of Director of First Year Experience and Director of Student Success and Retention at QUT.

As USQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Nelson will lead the Academic Division, which includes USQ’s Faculties and Schools and the Education portfolio.

“It is a vital role with overall responsibility for the planning, quality and delivery of the University's undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“I look forward to working with Professor Nelson to continue USQ’s great work based on the values of respect, integrity and excellence.”

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As USQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Nelson will lead the Academic Division, which includes USQ’s Faculties and Schools and the Education portfolio.