VISION AND VALUES: John Abbott will take up the post of CQUniversity chancellor in March next year.
VISION AND VALUES: John Abbott will take up the post of CQUniversity chancellor in March next year. Chris Ison

Power station manager takes on CQUni's top role

JOHN Abbott is a busy man.

He's a practising engineer, has a degree in law, spends his weekdays as the manager of the Gladstone Power Station and is a father of five children, the youngest five years old.

But yesterday John added another role to his list when he was appointed the new chancellor of Central Queensland University.

Mr Abbott became the third chancellor since CQUniversity achieved full university status in 1992, taking over the role from long-serving chancellor Rennie Fritschy.

John was officiated at an installation ceremony the Rockhampton campus yesterday by the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey.

John, 58, said he first became involved with CQUniversity in 1980.

"I was asked to be a tutor for engineering students at the Gladstone campus in 1980," he said.

"My father was an engineer and as most sons do I followed in my father's footsteps. I also have a degree in law."

John's career has seen him work in many parts of Australia, as well as in places such as Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, USA, Europe and the Middle East

In 2014 he was asked to be a member of the board before being nominated as the new chancellor in November.

The father-of-five said he was looking forward to taking on the role and working with the university in the next few years.

"The biggest challenge we've got is the completion of the integration of the TAFE sector into the university as a comprehensive university and that's very important for us at the moment," he said.

"We're also looking to continue our growth to a national regional university with opening new campuses and continuing to grow in other parts. Those are probably my two main focuses at the moment.

" I want CQUniversity to become one of Australia's truly great universities, and I look forward to being able to play a lead role in it achieving this goal."

When John isn't running the power station or doing the school run, he's relaxing at his house in Curtis Island. 



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