Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d)

Chancellor of the University of the Sunshine Coast

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force, continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community.

In March 2017 Sir Angus was announced as the Chancellor for the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Sir Angus is Chair of the Defence South Australia Advisory Board; the Victorian Police Corporate Advisory Group; the University of NSW Canberra Advisory Board; the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and  Supashock Advanced Suspension Advisory Committee. 

He is a Board Member of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute; the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, the Anzac Centenary Public Fund Board, GreaterGood Canberra and the Victorian Police Executive Command.

Sir Angus is also a visiting fellow of the Australian National University National Security College and the South Australian Special Envoy for International Trade and Investment.

In addition, he is the Ambassador/Patron of numerous charitable organisations.

In July 2014 Sir Angus was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to lead Australia’s efforts to help recover, identify and repatriate Australians killed in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 disaster. Sir Angus also led the Joint Agency Coordination Centre coordinating the Australian Government’s support for the search into missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in 2014.

In 2012 Sir Angus led the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers.

Sir Angus was Chair of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board from July 2011 until March 2014. The Board provided strategic advice to the Australian Government in relation to the planning and implementation of the Anzac Centenary.

In July 2011 Sir Angus retired as Chief of the Australian Defence Force after 41 years of service in the military.

Sir Angus was awarded the Degree of Doctor of the University from Griffith University in December 2013, the Degree of Doctor of the University, honoris causa from UNSW in November 2015, the Degree Doctor of Laws honoris causa from ANU in December 2016 and the Degree of Doctor of the University of South Australia in August 2017.

In 2011, he was named the Australian Father of the Year and in 2012, the ACT Australian of the Year.

Sir Angus is married to Liz and they have three sons and three grandchildren.


University Profile

USC is one of the world’s top 150 young universities, and is ranked by students as one of Australia’s best universities for teaching quality and overall student experience.

USC offers hands-on learning and flexible study options across more than 120 programs, at a network of teaching locations between Brisbane and the Fraser Coast. Since 1996, we have supported 24,000 graduates to achieve their educational and career goals.

All USC programs include practical training or internships, and a focus on the core skills students need to succeed in the future workplace. In 2017, USC ranked in the top three universities in Australia for employer satisfaction with graduates.

Our research brings some of the brightest minds from around the world to live and work in our communities. From climate change adaptation to regional healthcare, bioenergy to young driver safety, we work to solve problems that directly impact our regions. USC’s international reputation for research is growing every year, with 14 research fields now rated at world standard or above. Leading research areas include environmental science and management, nursing and health sciences, biological sciences, ecology, agricultural and veterinary sciences, fisheries science and clinical sciences.

USC is committed to unlocking the innovation, productivity and full human potential of our regions, and to working with government, industry and community to encourage prosperity in a knowledge-driven world. Each year, we contribute more than half a billion dollars to our local economies, and our network of study locations lets us tailor USC’s programs and research to deliver local campus experiences that build capacity and drive growth across SEQ’s coastal corridor.

USC is currently building Australia’s newest university campus in the heart of Moreton Bay, Queensland. Opening at Petrie in 2020, the campus will offer world-class study opportunities for residents in the region, including almost 50 undergraduate programs.

To find out more, visit the University of the Sunshine Coast website 



University of the Sunshine Coast Council

Council is the University’s governing body and derives its powers from the University of the Sunshine Coast Act 1998 (QLD).

The primary responsibilities of the Council of the University of the Sunshine Coast are:

  1. To appoint the Vice-Chancellor and President as the Chief Executive Officer of the University and to monitor his/her performance against agreed indicators

  2. To determine the Vision and strategic direction of the University and to approve the annual budget

  3. To oversee and review the management of the University and its performance

  4. To establish high level policy and procedural principles, consistent with legal requirements and community expectations

  5. To approve and monitor systems of control and accountability, including general overview of any controlled entities of the University

  6. To oversee and monitor the assessment and management of risk across the University, including commercial undertakings

  7. To oversee and monitor the academic activities of the University

  8. To approve significant commercial activities

  9. To ensure the ongoing appropriateness of all delegations approved by Council.

Membership of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Council is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) – Chancellor (to 31 March 2022)
Professor Greg Hill – Vice Chancellor and President (to 31 December 2020)
Professor Tim Wess – Chairperson of the Academic Board (to 3 June 2021)

Appointed Members – Governor-in-Council

Mr Scott Williams AM – Deputy Chancellor (to 8 December 2021)
Ms Debra Bennet (to 8 December 2021)
Dr Suzanne Innes (to 8 December 2019)
Ms Jacquelyn Wright (to 8 December 2019)
Ms Sandra Birkensleigh (to 8 December 2021)
Mr David Foster (to 8 December 2021)

Appointed Members – Council

Ms Natasha Read (to 8 December 2018)
Emeritus Professor Gerard Sutton AO (to 8 December 2021)
Mr Tim Rothwell (to 1 August 2022)

Elected Members

Dr Mark Sayers – Academic Staff (to 8 December 2021)
Dr Ruth Greenaway – Professional Staff (to 8 December 2021)
Ms Kate Kirby – Postgraduate Student (to 8 December 2019)
Ms Kirsty Walker – Undergraduate Student (to 8 December 2019)


Other Governing Bodies

Other Governing bodies within the University include:

Audit and Risk Management Committee

Chair – Sandra Birkensleigh

Planning and Resources Committee

Chair – Scott Williams AM

Honorary Awards Committee

Chair – Scott Williams AM

Nominations Committee

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) – Chancellor

Academic Board

Chair – Professor Tim Wess

Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast Board

Chair – Dr Peter Isdale AM