Bond University today announced that Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Robert Stable, had advised Council of his intention to retire when he concludes his second term on December 31, 2011.
As the longest serving Vice Chancellor and President in the University’s 21-year history, he will retire after leading the institution for eight years.
Speaking on behalf of the University Council and Community, Chancellor Dr Helen Nugent AO acknowledged the significance of Professor Stable’s contribution.
“He has made an outstanding contribution,” said Dr Nugent. “Under his leadership, Bond University has gone from strength to strength”.
“He has shown an unwavering commitment to ensuring Bond delivers an excellent student experience. As a result, a low student to staff ratio has been maintained, even though student numbers have significantly increased.
“The Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine and the Institute of Sustainable Development and Architecture have been established, along with innovative new teaching programs in both those areas.
“Bond’s historic focus on the quality of teaching has been enhanced. Research has been fostered. And a major building programme has occurred to ensure the quality of teaching is matched by the environment in which students interact”, she said.
Professor Stable has overseen a major building program during his term, including:
- Extensions to the Faculty of Law;
- The construction of the Health Sciences and Medicine building;
- Australia’s first 6 Green Star design rated building, the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development building, which has won numerous local, national and international awards;
- The extensive renovations to the John and Alison Kearney Library;
- The Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre; and
- The ADCO Amphitheatre; and Alumni Court
“These initiatives, supported by outstanding academic faculty and support staff, have resulted in Bond’s delivering a sense of community and student experience that is recognised by students and alumni alike as being second to none”, said Dr Nugent.
“Professor Stable’s dedication and leadership has made these achievements possible”.
The University Council has engaged the international executive search firm of Heidrick & Struggles to assist with the recruitment of a new Vice Chancellor and President.