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University of Southern Queensland welcomes seven new honorary award recipients

University of Southern Queensland’s newest honorary award recipients have been praised for their commitment to community.

Air Commodore (Retd) Martin Smith, Emeritus Professor Brian Roberts AM, John Gouldson OAM, Peter Hauser, Maryanne Walsh OAM and Professor Tony Machin were honoured during a ceremony in Toowoomba last week (October 7).

Chancellor John Dornbusch thanked the recipients for everything they had done, and continued to do, for local communities and beyond.

“All of you have achieved incredible things in your individual fields of endeavour, through many decades of hard work, commitment to excellence, and persistence despite the obstacles,” Mr Dornbusch said.

“As well as your many, significant personal and professional achievements, you have each shown a tremendous commitment to the betterment of society.”

Air Commodore Smith (Retd) was awarded Doctor of Business in recognition of his 30 year experience working in global operations, leadership and strategic planning for the Australian Department of Defence, and in particular the Royal Australian Air Force.

He has served in postings around the globe including the Pentagon, the Middle East and Malaysia.

Emeritus Professor Brian Roberts AM accepted the award of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) in recognition of his distinguished career and significant achievements in rural conservation nationally and abroad

An agricultural ecologist by profession, Emeritus Professor Roberts AM served for many years on the Council of the original Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education. He was instrumental in initiating the Landcare movement in the 1980s which now boasts 1700 Landcare groups nationwide, and has been adopted as a model internationally.

Mr John Gouldson OAM, a well-known community identity in Toowoomba as a business owner, city councillor and sports administrator, was made a Fellow of the University.

Over five decades, Mr Gouldson OAM used sport to inspire young people to aspire to higher education through the Toowoomba Basketball Association. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Toowoomba Mountaineers club.

Former Toowoomba Grammar School Headmaster Peter Hauser received the honorary title of Fellow of the University. An active and passionate advocate for education across the region, Mr Hauser built a national reputation in primary and secondary education during his more than 40 year career in school management and leadership.

Ms Maryanne Walsh OAM, another Toowoomba education icon, was also conferred as a Fellow of the University. The Executive Principal of Centenary Heights State High School was instrumental in the establishment of the Centenary Heights State High School’s Flexi School Campus for young people who had been otherwise disengaged from mainstream schooling.

The final honorary title awarded was to retiring University of Southern Queensland Professor Tony Machin. The psychological scientist was made a Professor Emeritus due to his outstanding academic service to the scholarly and University communities.

Professor Machin served the University for over 28 years, holding a number of leadership roles at departmental, faculty and University level, including as the Head of the Psychology Department from 2008 to 2013, and Head of the School of Psychology and Counselling from 2013 to 2018.

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Celebrating at the University of Southern Queensland’s honorary award ceremony are (from left) Peter Hauser, Air Commodore (retd) Martin Smith, Maryanne Walsh AM, Professor Brian Roberts AM, Professor Tony Machin and John Gouldson OAM.