Professor Scott Bowman to take on new role as Vice-Chancellor at Charles Darwin University.
Professor Scott Bowman to take on new role as Vice-Chancellor at Charles Darwin University.

Scott Bowman takes on new role at another university

Former CQUniversity Vice Chancellor Scott Bowman has taken on a new job – in Darwin.

Prof Bowman will move into his new role as vice-chancellor and president of the Charles Darwin University in May.

“It really is a great university in a unique part of the world,” he shared on social media.

“Retirement was good – but 18 months is more than enough for anyone.”

Prof Bowman announced in early 2018 he would retire after a decade, stepping down at the end of the year.

He took the Rockhampton-based role of vice-chancellor at CQUni in 2009 and was instrumental in making it one of the top regional universities in Australia.

After a short stint in retirement, Prof Bowman took on a six month contract in August last year as the senior deputy vice chancellor at Western Sydney University.

CDU‘s chancellor, the Honourable Paul Henderson AO, said Professor Bowman was an excellent fit for CDU and was well equipped to position the university for the future.

“Scott brings vast amounts of experience and knowledge to this role, having served as vice-chancellor and president of another dual-sector institution, Central Queensland University, for almost 10 years,” Mr Henderson said

“He has a detailed, contemporary understanding of the complexities and challenges faced by both the higher education and vocational education and training sectors.

“He is a passionate ambassador of regional universities, and their role in education, industry, community and the workforces of the future. Scott‘s collaborative style and his clear vision demonstrate great leadership and I do not doubt his steadfast commitment to the staff and students of CDU.”

Prof Bowman said he was proud to be joining a leading dual-sector university.

“Recently I have met CDU staff and students and have been struck by their deep commitment to the university, the Territory and the community,” he said.

“I am very aware that there has been change at CDU, and there is work to be done to build an outstanding university.

“I look forward to leading a period where together we build on 30 years of pioneering Territory spirit.”

Professor Bowman said CDU was one of Australia’s most unique and important universities.

“We are now going to work together, students, staff and community to make CDU the most successful. We will remain unwavering in our mission of bringing education and training to students irrespective of their circumstances,” he said.

“We will also undertake research which has real-world impact. My wife Anita and I have spent a lot of time in the NT and can’t wait to live in this incredible part of the world and become Territorians.“