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From the Chancellery

Vice Chancellor and President Professor Peter HøjOne of my favourite quotes is from Albert Einstein: "Try not to become a person of success, but rather, to become a person of value. The value of a person resides in what they give and not in what they are capable of receiving. The most important motive for study at school, at university, and in life is the pleasure of working and thereby obtaining results which will serve the community. Only a life lived for others is worth living."

A person of value whom I have had the privilege of working with is the Chancellor David Klingberg AM.

Throughout his tenure as Chancellor for the past 10 years, David has made many significant contributions to the University. His business acumen, focus on results and attention to the bottom line have put UniSA in a very strong position for future growth and development. He has become known as one of the University’s strongest champions of community partnerships, collaboration and engagement.

To reflect David’s commitment and contribution to the community, an award system was developed, the "Chancellor’s Awards for Community Engagement". I was very pleased to hear, and not at all surprised, about the number of outstanding community engagement nominations David’s selection panel received for the 2008 Community Engagement Awards. I believe that this outcome in large part is due to David’s leadership and participation in the community. This reinforces the University’s mission, which states that UniSA engages with our communities to address the major issues of our time.

The strong relationships and networks that have been established by David have contributed to the realisation of a number of ambitious projects, all for the betterment of the community. As Chair of the Mawson Lakes Joint Venture, David helped to transform the Mawson Lakes precinct from a small campus in a paddock to a bustling, self-contained community. He was a key stakeholder in the design of the shared-use community centre, the Mawson Centre, and was instrumental in raising community enthusiasm and funds for the newly opened Hawke building.

David has been involved in the University Foundation, which was established in the early nineties to manage the University’s philanthropic activities. With his help, it has raised approximately $15 million over the last 10 years through fundraising, networking and events such as the annual Chancellor’s Golf Classic. Not only has David raised funds to develop a number of scholarships for students of varying backgrounds, such as the recently established Maurice de Rohan scholarship, the University’s first foray into international fundraising, but he has also taken a keen interest in our students’ progress. David has met and talked to many students at award and graduation ceremonies and has mentored a number of student representatives on the University Council.

Personally, I have found David to be extremely supportive of new initiatives for the University, including the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UniSA and the Australian National University, which provides a collaborative framework for research and research training with the most research intensive university in Australia.

Recent research indicates that individuals who contribute to the good of others are happier than those who do not. No wonder David walks around with a smile on his face these days.

On behalf of the staff at UniSA I wish David and Maggie all the best for the future. Together with friends of the University we will farewell and thank him as he retires from the role of Chancellor. It will be an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate David’s achievements and to look forward to the challenges, opportunities and rewards that lie ahead.

Indeed, the University’s future is bright and I am confident that the direction we are heading will lead us towards our shared vision, undoubtedly shared with our new Chancellor Dr Ian Gould who has recently been seen shopping for extraordinarily large shoes.

 

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