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New Chancellor a leader in mining, business, conservation and community

by Michèle Nardelli

Chancellor Dr Ian GouldVice Chancellor of the University of South Australia Professor Peter Høj has welcomed the University of South Australia Council decision to appoint resources industry professional, Dr Ian Gould, to the position of Chancellor.

Dr Gould, a trained geologist, will take on the role in July this year as successor to the current Chancellor David Klingberg AM.

Professor Høj says he is delighted with the appointment of Dr Gould as a man of vast experience in governance and leadership and someone with a comprehensive understanding of the nexus between education, innovation, the community and business.

"We have been fortunate at UniSA in having a history of brilliant Chancellors, first with our foundation Chancellor Dr John McDonald AM, pivotal in the first year of the University’s establishment.

"Then with Dr Basil Hetzel AC, an eminent researcher who led breakthrough research into the effects of iodine deficiency and a man who has dedicated his life to health both locally and, through research and education, globally," Professor Høj says.

"Dr Hetzel was followed by David Klingberg, an engineer and business leader of vast experience and a man who has shown unstoppable passion and commitment for educational, economic, and environmental development in South Australia and who has provided more than 10 years of dedicated service to UniSA.

"In this new appointment we will have a Chancellor with broad and comprehensive experience across the mining and technology sectors and someone with a thorough understanding of what is required of graduates in the working world and the role of research in fostering development.

"That combination is more than appropriate in a State gearing up for a mining, defence and environmental science boom and for the South Australian university that is graduating so many students who will go on to work in these industries."

Dr Gould has had a long and distinguished career in the Australian mining industry holding top executive positions in companies such as Rio Tinto, Normandy Mining and Comalco.

He was President of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy from 2004 to 2005 and has served as Chairman of the South Australian Minerals and Petroleum Expert Group since 2006 and Chairman of the Australian Institute of Marine Science since 2005.

He has in-depth experience in corporate governance having served as a member or Chairman on a range of industry and organisational boards including the CSIRO Minerals Sector Advisory Committee, the South Australian Resources Industry Development Board, the National Parks and Wildlife Committee, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and St Andrew’s Hospital among others. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

"I am delighted and honoured to be joining UniSA and a little humbled to follow in the footsteps of the previous Chancellors such as the remarkable Dr Basil Hetzel and the extremely dynamic David Klingberg," Chancellor-elect Dr Gould said.

"I believe UniSA is deeply committed to educating its students so that they can approach their working lives with a sense of professionalism, innovation and a real ability to apply their learning.

"The problems and opportunities of the future lie in education, health, resources, defence, communication, and the development of sustainable societies and environments and UniSA is developing graduates not only with the right skills for those challenges, but the right attitude to apply their knowledge in the working world both ethically and professionally.

"In addition UniSA’s capacity for research in these key areas has grown enormously and institutes such as the Ian Wark Research Institute are a marvellous success story for SA.

"UniSA has developed a research community that is clearly dedicated to adding value to industry and to the health and welfare of the state.

"I am joining a very impressive institution, one in which we in South Australia can all be very proud."