Central Queensland University chancellor Rennie Fritschy.
Central Queensland University chancellor Rennie Fritschy. Contributed

Former QAL chief marks 10 years as university chancellor

GLADSTONE holds a special place in the heart of Central Queensland University Chancellor Rennie Fritschy.

After meeting wife Noelene in the port city in the late 1960s, the pair have travelled the world together and raised a family of three children.

"We returned to Gladstone in 1995 when I was appointed managing director of QAL, after having worked in other bauxite mines and alumina plants," Mr Fritschy said.

Celebrating his 10-year anniversary as chancellor, Mr Fritschy's passion has been instrumental in the region's growth and diversification.

The grandfather of six said the highlight of his career had centred around opportunities in central Queensland.

"The highlight of my working career was running the largest alumina refinery in the world at QAL," he said.

"We increased tonnage and product quality and oversaw large investments in environmental mitigation, that is reduction in dust and smells and noise."

The role of CQU chancellor has presented Mr Fritschy with diverse challenges, centred around building opportunities for our community.

"I am highly committed to the well-being and growth of central Queensland, and the provision of local graduates for professional roles," he said.

"It is vitally important that the central Queensland tertiary participation rate continues to increase and build on the gains already made."

Currently living in Brisbane, Mr Fritschy said he was enjoying spending more time with his growing family.