Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has congratulated highly respected Central Queensland professional and friend John Abbott at a ceremony in Rockhampton today, following his installation as the third Chancellor of Central Queensland University.
Senator Macdonald said he was delighted to be able to join Mr Abbott at a ceremony at CQU to recognise the achievements of a man he described as a talented professional, a gentleman and a passionate supporter of regional Queensland.
"I've known John for many years and he has always been a strong advocate for regional Australia, particularly Central Queensland where he has been instrumental in helping unlock the region's wealth," Senator Macdonald said.
Senator Macdonald said Mr Abbott, who has served on the CQU Council for a number of years and at one point tutored young Engineering students, would bring his many years of business experience to the position, along with his passion and advocacy for regional areas.
"Our regional universities play a critical role in helping to unlock the potential of Northern Australia, and ensuring our future leaders are at the forefront of knowledge, technology and research.
"I am excited about the future of Northern Australia with the plans CQU has for further work in the North."
"It's very reassuring to know one of our biggest universities is in safe hands, under the stewardship and leadership of John Abbott."
The ceremony was held in the presence of the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency Paul de Jersey, outgoing Chancellor Rennie Fritschy, the Bishop of Rockhampton, all local Mayors, and Capricornia MP Michelle Landry.
"I was delighted that another old friend of mine and John Abbott's, the Chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland, Mr John Dornbush, was also able to be present to join USQ to the celebrations," Senator Macdonald said.