Vice Chancellor’s Mentor Program
In the University’s 25th Anniversary year, Bond introduced the innovative Vice Chancellor’s Mentor Program. The program sees industry leaders in relevant fields being paired with the recipients of the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship.
These prestigious Scholarships are awarded annually to ten outstanding Year 12 students from across Australia. The students are selected on the basis of their exceptional academic record, leadership ability and personal character.
Matching these potential leaders of tomorrow with the leaders of today enhances the educational experience by giving our scholars a unique insight into their chosen field, as well as providing valuable career contacts.
The VC’s Mentor Program extends Bond University’s personalised and transformational student experience beyond the campus boundaries, by teaming them with successful entrepreneurs, executives and management professionals in a unique, one-on-one partnership during their first year of University. Mentors help students to develop confidence, character and networks.
The benefits for students are profound: It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to absorb the insights, perspectives and life lessons from leaders in their field; one that they rate among the most valuable aspects of their time at Bond.
Every mentor and mentee partnership is different; styled by the individual experience mentors are able to offer, and the distinctive ambitions and aspirations of each student.
Download the Vice Chancellor’s Mentoring Program booklet
Download the student and mentor testimonials
Bond University Fellows
The Fellow of Bond University initiative was introduced by the Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, as part of the University’s Strategic Plan 2013-2017 to establish meaningful and deep partnerships with industry leaders.
Fellows are appointed by the Vice Chancellor and the title Fellow is awarded to individuals who are high achieving, respected influencers who value the opportunity to be actively engaged with the University as Ambassadors. It is a formal, non-commercial association that is designed to recognise individuals whose activity adds to Bond’s academic programs and/or the student experience.
- John Eales AM – Former Wallabies Captain and Founder, Mettle Group (now part of Chandler Maclaod); Board roles include the Australian Rugby Union, GRM International, The Sport Australia Hall of Fame, International Quarterback, Flight Centre and the Captain’s Forum Portfolio. Consultancies include BT Financial Group, Westpac, Qantas and Salmat.
- Trish Hogan – Chief Executive Officer, Pindara Private Hospital. Board roles include Bond University Health Sciences & Medicine Advisory Board member; Gold Coast Mayoress Community Trust; Benowa State High School Council; Menzies Institute for Medical Research QLD; and the Gold Coast Titans Football Club. Finalist, Telstra Queensland Business Woman of the Year (2014).
- Roz Mexted – Principal, St Cuthbert’s College (Auckland, NZ) and former Vice President, Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia (2013-2014).
- Dr Sally Pitkin – Company Director and Lawyer, Clayton Utz. Board roles include Chair, Super Retail Group; non-Executive Director, Link Group; non-Executive Director, The Star Entertainment Group; Chair, Opera Queensland; non-Executive Director and Queensland Division Councillor, Australian Institute of Company Directors.
- Karen Spiller OAM – Principal, John Paul College; Vice President, Independent Schools Queensland; past Chair, Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia; and past Chair, Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia.
- Aunty Joyce Summers – Chairperson, Krurungal and Canowindra Ages and Disabled Aboriginal Corporation; Elder in Residence, Gold Coast schools; former Chair, Gold Coast City’s National Aboriginal and Islander’s Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC), 2015; Recipient, Premier’s Award 2015. Aunty Joyce is a valued contributor to the annual Indigenous Gala at Bond University. Read more here.
- Leann Wilson – Executive Director Business Development and Innovation, Regional Economic Solutions; Board roles include the Qld Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Panel, the Australian Red Cross Divisional Advisory Board (Qld), Healing Foundation, and the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts; Finalist, Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards; descendent of the Bidjara and Kara-Kara peoples of central and central-western Queensland. Leann is a valued contributor towards Bond University’s Indigenous Gala and annual Yarning Up trip (this initiative was recognised with the Queensland Premier’s Reconciliation Award 2016).