Charles Sturt University Dubbo campus professor Heather 'Jeannie' Herbert has taken out the title of Emeritus Professor upon her retirement after a decade of service.
The University Council and wider Charles Sturt community honoured the retiring Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Education at a ceremony held at the University's Bathurst campus on September 16.
Professor Herbert joined the university in 2009 as foundation chair of the School of Indigenous Australian Studies.
She was awarded the title due to the raft of significant projects within Charles Sturt she has steered and because, as her citation reads, she is "an outstanding role model".
Professor Herbert has an extensive and endless list of high achievements within the Indigenous education sphere at Charles Sturt, including the reviewing of the university's performance against its Australia Indigenous Strategy 2017-2020, building the Indigenous research agenda at the university to a new level of quality and intensity, resetting the benchmarks for the Indigenous Education Strategy and the reviewing of the Indigenous Academic Fellow Program to critically examine its successes and challenges.
CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann presented Professor Herbert with the citation of her honor during the ceremony.
"During her tenure Professor Herbert has made an outstanding and exemplary contribution to the University and the wider community as an academic, a leader and an influencer," Professor Vann said.
During her tenure Professor Herbert has made an outstanding and exemplary contribution to the University and the wider community as an academic, a leader and an influencerProfessor Andrew Vann
"Her teaching, research and collaboration has empowered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples through engagement in their education.
"The university has enormous respect for Professor Herbert's contributions. She has been an outstanding role model and is deserving of the title of Emeritus Professor."
The title is one of many accolades for Professor Herbert. In 2012 she became a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her service to tertiary education, particularly for Indigenous education.