THE University of Southern Queensland will name its new vice-chancellor by the middle of the year.
Chancellor John Dornbusch said the selection panel would begin short-listing candidates tomorrow after applications for the job closed on February 20.
Mr Dornbusch said the search was nearly over to find a replacement for Jan Thomas, who resigned in October to take on a new role in New Zealand.
"The next milestone will be this Friday, March 10 when we will be shortlisting," he said.
"From there, we'll be then sorting out interviews from those shortlisted candidates.
"Interviews should start from April 3."
Mr Dornbusch said the level of international interest in the position at the university was unexpected.
"It's an international search and we have received a number of applicants from overseas, which is not unexpected," he said.
"It's fair to say we've received more international attention than what we thought we might get."
The selection panel included Mr Dornbusch, Deputy Chancellor Jan Boys, a member of the USQ Council, an industry representative as well as a former head and vice-chancellor.
The role is essentially USQ's CEO, managing finances and expenditure across its three campuses.
Mr Dornbusch said the successful applicant should have experience in both domestic and international tertiary education.
"We'll need somebody who understands the regional dynamics and understands that regional universities have challenges that our metro-based unis don't face," he said.
"USQ is a regionally-based but also a global business, (so) we need people who understand that.
"We have students from 120 countries, so (the successful candidate) would need a very good grasp of tertiary education both domestically and internationally.
"We don't feel we're under any time pressure - it's all about getting the right person."
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