Lynch passionate about education
DAVID Lynch says he’s passionate about education – from training the teachers of the future to creating opportunities for more students to study at university.
Professor Lynch, who teaches in Southern Cross University’s School of Education, has been appointed head of SCU’s Coffs Harbour campus.
Topping his list of priorities is the goal of further strengthening the relationship between the university and the local community.
“What I’m really passionate about is education and opening up people’s eyes to the opportunities that are available to them through quality education,” he said.
“Here am I, a professor. I got there on my own merits, but I also got there because my eyes were open to different possibilities. That’s my message. University is an opportunity that is available for everyone, and here in Coffs Harbour we have a wonderful facility that we share with North Coast TAFE and the Coffs Harbour Senior College.”
Professor Lynch has extensive experience in the field as a teacher, a school principal and in higher education as an education researcher.
He says his own path into tertiary education has reinforced his passion to promote the benefits of education.
“I had no idea what I wanted to do as a young bloke. The aspiration my parents had for me was to become a builder or an electrician so I started work as an electrician, but I realised that just wasn’t for me. It was an old English teacher of mine, who’d known me for a long time, who said you’re not an electrician, you’d make a great school teacher,” he said.
“So I went back to school and did grade 12 and did very well, because I actually believed in myself. Then I went to university, graduated and found myself doing something I love – teaching.
“I wouldn’t have got there if someone hadn’t opened my eyes up to what the possibilities could be.”