Dr Ian Gould AM will be no stranger to the graduation stage when he is awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia today.
He was Chancellor of the University for eight years, presiding over the graduation days of many thousands of students here in South Australia and offshore in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore, playing a vital role in one of the University’s greatest periods of growth.
A geologist by profession, Dr Gould was a leader across the Australian minerals industry in a 40 year career, working for Rio Tinto and the Conzinc Rio Tinto Australia Group and then as Group Managing Director for Normandy Mining.
University of South Australia Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says it is fitting that the University honour Dr Gould, acknowledging his enduring commitment to the university but also his leadership across mining, health and science.
“Ian’s commitment to service, both at UniSA but also across the community – whether that be on the Councils of organisations such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service or St Andrews Hospital or in advocating for science education and broader access to education – he has been indefatigable,” Prof Lloyd says.
“That great commitment to service was acknowledged in June 2011 when he was named a Member of the Order of Australia.
“”He has always been generous in sharing his time and expertise with students and he has extended that personal contribution with a financial one, establishing Ian Gould Experimental Science Grant for Honours and PhD students to undertake hands-on research and to engage in work that is experimental and at the edge of discovery.
“The University, like many other organisations in the community has benefitted enormously from his contributions and support and we’re proud to honour Ian today.”
Dr Gould was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technical Sciences and Engineering in 2007 and in the same year was awarded the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Medal.
He served as Chair of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Institute of Marine Science and St Andrew’s Hospital.
Dr Gould retired from his role as Chancellor of UniSA in December 2015.
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