Wodonga TAFE has chosen from within its own ranks for a replacement chief executive to succeed Mark Dixon, who earlier this year joined Wodonga Council in the senior role.
The TAFE board chair Allison Jenvey announced yesterday the appointment of Phil Paterson as chief executive and managing director after being the chief finance officer and board secretary of the TAFE since early 2016.
Mr Paterson joined the TAFE from Mars Incorporated after a 13-year stint in a variety of global commercial and leadership roles.
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"The board was pleased to receive significant interest from across Victoria for this position," Ms Jenvey said.
"A rigorous recruitment process was undertaken, and we believe that Phil's appointment is recognition of the wonderful talent we have at Wodonga TAFE.
"Our TAFE has an excellent reputation and a strong positive culture, and we look forward to this continuing under Phil's leadership".
Outside of work, Mr Paterson is a volunteer firefighter with the NSW Rural Fire Service and passionate about the environment and growing tertiary participation in regional areas.
"I'm delighted to accept this challenge," he said.
"I look forward to working with our staff, industry partners and community organisations to build lifelong learning pathways for members of our Wodonga and rural communities."
Mr Paterson was elevated to acting chief executive in March when Mr Dixon moved to Wodonga Council as chief executive to replace Patience Harrington and in the process became the first staff leader to be appointed to the role from outside local government.
Mr Dixon was chief executive of Wodonga TAFE from 2015 after serving in the British and Australian armies from 1984.
He replaced Michael O'Loughlin in the TAFE top job.
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