Anita Zocchi announced as the new Principal of University Senior College

Anita Zocchi

Anita Zocchi

The Council of University Senior College (USC) announced today the appointment of Anita Zocchi as the next Principal of USC commencing 1 July, 2017.  Anita is a highly respected leader who will bring a wealth of experience in education, management, governance and creative teaching to the USC community.

Anita’s career in education spans over 30 years in a variety of South Australian schools, where she has filled a number of senior leadership roles.  For the past six years, as the first female Principal of Adelaide High School, she has led with distinction and guided the school community through the rigorous Council of International School (CIS) accreditation process.  Of great importance to USC is her deep understanding of international education and the needs of a culturally diverse and highly aspirational student cohort.

Highly regarded as an educational thinker, Anita has been invited to national and international forums on a regular basis to speak on a range of topics including school innovation, improvement strategies, intercultural understanding and student leadership.  Above all else she has demonstrated a passion to bring together those elements of a school community that encourage every individual to become a positive, confident and creative global citizen.

After 12 years as Principal of University Senior College, Bob Holloway is retiring at the end of term 2 effective from Friday 23rd June 2017.  Bob has been instrumental in positioning USC at the forefront of senior secondary education in South Australia, redefining the way schools work with senior secondary students.

Bob was the driving force behind the major redevelopment of the Jordan Building, revitalising the northwest area of the University of Adelaide North Terrace campus. Improvements included the 2016 Ground Floor and Level Two refurbishments; Level Five upgrade in 2015 – a contemporary learning space for young people who aspire to a university pathway; and the 2014 USC Science Laboratories on Level One, supporting one of the largest cohorts of science students in this state.  Bob has continued to strengthen the mutually beneficial relationship USC has with the university through the Partner’s Pathway program – a pathway to the University of Adelaide, and important component to the long term agreement.

Bob Holloway says of his time at USC: “It has been a privilege to lead such a vibrant learning community and help establish a school that delivers an authentic transition pathway to university.  In particular, during my time at USC I have been grateful for the opportunity to work alongside such talented staff and connect with so many inspiring and optimistic young people.”

USC was founded sixteen years ago and since then more than 2000 students have graduated from the transition program and gone on to university.  Over 1300 of these have elected to study at the University of Adelaide and in the last four years USC has become one of the most significant feeder schools to the university sector in South Australia.

The USC Community look forward to welcoming Anita to University Senior College as she takes up this important leadership role.

 Open Day Feb2017 Email

Media enquiries to:
Carmen Bishop –Director of Marketing & Community Relations: University Senior College
m. 0422 885 409 t. 08 8313 4988 e. carmen.bishop@adelaide.edu.au

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