A lifelong journey of education

SCUs Alumnus of the Year, Ballina RSL Club general manager Bill Coulter, with his wife Maureen, daughter Jemma, 17, and son Ben, 14.

Ballina RSL Club general manager, Bill Coulter, was named the Southern Cross University 2006 Alumnus of the Year last Saturday during SCUs spring graduation ceremonies.

Mr Coulter was one of eight nominees for the award, which was first introduced in 2004 to celebrate what can be achieved with a Southern Cross University education. Alumni are selected according to leadership, stimulation of new ideas and services in their field, innovation and creativity, dedication and community service.

Mr Coulter graduated from SCU with a Bachelor of Business in 1998, and as general manager of Ballina RSL Club instigated an annual Ballina RSL Club Scholarship, valued at $15,000, for a student in the Bachelor of Business in Tourism Management course. He has received a number of industry awards on behalf of Ballina RSL Club for business excellence and is a strong supporter of his staff in their pursuit of educational and career goals.

Mr Coulter said he was humbled to receive the award, and it came as a total surprise.

I was just thrilled to have been nominated and I really didnt expect to win, said Mr Coulter. I thought every nominee would have made a worthy winner.

Mr Coulter enrolled at SCU when he was 40, after studying club management at Ryde Technical College in the late 1970s, and said education should be a lifelong journey.

Before going to university I was busy building my career and gaining experience managing large metropolitan clubs in NSW and Queensland, but I could see the value of a university education as a way of taking my career forward, he said. Now I am able to apply the theoretical components from the courses I studied in everyday, practical ways. University study gives you the skills you need to fulfill your own objectives and I am always searching for opportunities for my staff to pursue further education too.

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