Vice-Chancellor Professor Rufus_Black and Lee Whiteley

Well-known industry identity Lee Whiteley will work to extend the reach and impact of the University of Tasmania University College in his new capacity as Chief Executive.

Mr Whiteley will set the direction of the College while driving engagement with industry and the education sector to continue partnerships that enhance student learning.

With experience at both a University and Vocational Education and Training (VET) level, Mr Whiteley said he was committed to continuing the College’s momentum.

“The University College prides itself on providing learning opportunities to those who may have thought higher education was out of their reach,” Mr Whiteley said.

“The work that has been done to date is significant, with the green light to establish the College coming less than two years ago, and the first students starting in 2017. I pay tribute to the team for getting the College to where it is today and achieving so much in a short space of time.

“I am excited to be continuing that good work and focusing on the students we are here to support, whether they be enrolling at university for the first time or are industry employees looking to upskill.

“The University is looking forward to working with TasTAFE this year and continuing a dialogue with local colleges to ensure students are presented with well-rounded study options from all education providers.”

This year, the University College widened its Associate Degree curriculum to offer new courses in Applied Design, Applied Science and Applied Technologies, in addition to existing courses in Applied Business and Agribusiness.

Additionally, it oversees pre-bachelor initiatives including the University Preparation Program (UPP) and Diploma of University Studies which provide alternative pathways into higher education.

“Another focus in this new role will be strengthening the whole-of-university perspective to ensure there is an integrated system for students, regardless of what level they are entering,” Mr Whiteley said.

“If students choose to articulate from an Associate Degree into a relevant Bachelor, we as a College will make sure they are well supported, prepared students who are capable of getting very good results.”

Mr Whiteley graduated from TasTAFE as an automotive electrician more than 30 years ago before holding various global industry roles. He completed an MBA by distance in 2002, and the Graduate Certificate in Lean Management Systems through the University of Tasmania’s Cradle Coast campus.

He was ‘first in family’ to attend university and has a significant involvement in Collective Impact programs working with schools and industry to lift educational outcomes across Tasmania.

Most recently Mr Whiteley worked as Executive General Manager at Elphinstone Pty Ltd and Managing Director of Southern Prospect.

Originating from the North-West, his long association with the University of Tasmania stems from participation in various advisory boards and as an Adjunct Lecturer. He will take a place within the University’s senior leadership.

Mr Whiteley will be predominantly based at the Cradle Coast campus.
Shantelle Rodman