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Garden unveiled to honour former University Chancellor

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20 Apr 2023
Dr Don Stevens AM pictured with Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie and Chancellor John Dornbusch.
Dr Don Stevens AM pictured with Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie and Chancellor John Dornbusch.

The Dr Don Stevens AM Garden was officially unveiled at the University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba campus this week by Chancellor John Dornbusch.

The naming of the garden recognises Dr Stevens’ years of distinguished service as a Council member and Chancellor at the University of Southern Queensland, and for his contributions to regional education.  

During his term as Chancellor from 1996-2006, Dr Stevens led the Council at a time when the University was growing and gaining recognition for its high academic standing regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Significantly, he awarded qualifications to over 30,000 graduates and pioneered the expansion of the University’s research program.

In his address, Chancellor John Dornbusch acknowledged Dr Stevens’ lasting impact.

“When we think of the journey our institution has undertaken over the last 56 years to become the place of education and research it is today, we remember the great leaders who have inspired us to achieve and to excel,” Mr Dornbusch said.

“It’s a great honour for us to acknowledge one of these influential leaders and recognise this important history.”

Vice-Chancellor Geraldine Mackenzie was delighted to mark the milestone with Dr Stevens, his wife Barbara and family.

“Dr Stevens has had a significant and positive impact on the lives of so many and has made a substantial contribution to our local community,” Professor Mackenzie said.

The Dr Don Stevens AM Garden complements the University of Southern Queensland’s Japanese Garden and Gumbi Gumbi Gardens.