La Trobe University’s Shepparton campus head Sue Nalder is gearing up to retire at the end of this year.
Ms Nalder joined La Trobe Shepparton when it started in 1994 as a business school lecturer.
She has built strong links between La Trobe University, the business community, all levels of government, and the education and health sectors in the Goulburn Valley region.
Together with the regional advisory board, these organisations played a key role in helping secure La Trobe University’s Shepparton campus building, which opened in 2010.
Ms Nalder was appointed the Shepparton campus’ acting head in January, 2014, and appointed permanently to the role in June that year.
She said it had been a privilege to be head of the campus for five years.
‘‘It was the significant increase in student numbers in the accounting and business courses that triggered the campus building we have today,’’ she said.
‘‘Without the support of local firms and community, La Trobe University would not have been able to grow at the speed it has.’’
Apart from being heavily involved in lobbying to secure a standalone campus in Shepparton, Ms Nalder’s legacy extends to the introduction of a number of new courses.
These include early childhood and primary education, social work and agribusiness, which has led to the need for a further building extension, as student numbers continue to grow.
‘‘The Shepparton campus now has over 800 students, and we are bursting at the seams, which is a great problem to have,’’ she said.
‘‘I will continue to work with senior leaders at La Trobe, local politicians, industry and community to further the development of the campus during this exciting period of growth.
‘‘My priorities before I leave will be working on the proposed building extension, and planning for the next phase of the Shepparton campus development to attract students to study in Shepparton to support the future needs of our professional workforce.’’