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Professor Michael Hough AM RFD ED; BE (NSW); BA (Macq); Dip Sch Admin (ACEA); Grad Dip Ed (N’cle NSW); Grad Dip Ind Eng (N’cle NSW); MedAdmin (UNE); EdD (Georgia USA); Cert4 (WorkPl.Assess.Trg) (TAFE NSW); Cert 4 (Trg and Assessmnt) (WEA);  FAIM, FACE, FACEL; JP (NSW)

Dr. Michael HOUGH is currently a Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong, where he works in the Sydney Business School, and as required, in the Australian Centre for Educational Leadership. He is a Visiting Professor to the University of Lincoln in the UK, and a Fellow of the IC2 (Innovation, Competition and Co-operation) Institute of the University of Texas at Austin Texas USA.

Dr. Hough was appointed from Riverina College of Advanced Education to the then Institute of Advanced Education of the University of Wollongong in 1981, as Foundation Head of the School of Industrial and Administrative Studies. He built the School into a thriving academic unit, offering sub degree, degree and post-graduate qualifications in management, administration and industrial studies.

Prior to the Institute becoming part of the Faculty structure of the University, Dr Hough held the positions of Associate Director of the Institute, and was Acting Head of both the School of Creative Arts and School of Nursing, and led the new School of Nursing at the time of transfer of Nurse Education from Hospital based training into the University sector.
Following the integration of all academic units into a Faculty structure, Dr Hough was appointed a Professor of the University and held positions in the Department of Management in the Faculty of Commerce, and also took up the position of Director of Graduate and Professional Education. This was the precursor to the formation of the Graduate School of Business.
During this period he also held the position of Principal of the Computations Institute based at North Sydney, which was a joint venture between the University of Wollongong and the Computations Group of Companies. The purpose of this joint venture was to train mainframe computer programmers for the Banking and Finance sector.

When the Graduate School of Business was formed he became the Director of the MBA Programs. He was also responsible for introducing the Master of Quality Management programs into Wollongong and the then new campus in Dubai, UAE. He has lectured in these programs in Universities in Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Dr Hough was invited by the Faculty of Education to commence the graduate programs of Educational Leadership and was appointed a Professor in the Faculty of Education as well as retaining his Professorial position in the then Graduate School of Business.
From this initiative grew the Australian Centre of Educational Leadership within the Faculty of Education. This facilitated cross registration of Educational Leadership studies into both the MBA and the MEd programs of the University.

Professor Hough still writes and publishes actively, and his research and teaching interests are in New Technologies and their impacts on organizational behaviour(s); Promoting Moral and Ethical Behaviours In Organizations; Generational Differences; Governance, Quality Management and Business Excellence in the Public and Professional Services sector(s); and in Project and Risk Management. He is in current demand as a keynote speaker in national and international conferences in these areas Professor Hough has contributed extensively to management education and practice both within this Region and on the National and International scenes.

He was the academic developer of the Australian Public Sector Management Course-development of which was won by UoW in open tender bidding from many Australian Universities. The Professor was also the Academic Director of the NSW Police Command Development Program. This innovative joint venture program saw nearly 600 senior Police Officers graduate in management studies.

Professor Hough has extensive experience working with not for profit organisations, professional associations, and volunteer based community groups, as indicated following
He was the Regional Chairman of the Australian Institute of Management (Illawarra) for many years, and held directorships of a number of public sector organizations including:- Wollongong Conservatorium of Music ( 4 years), the Flagstaff Group for People With Disabilities ( 20 years). He is the University nominee and was the foundation Chairman (25 years) of the Board of the Illawarra ITeC- which is a large Government funded regional organization providing regional development services such as long term unemployed skill development training, small business development and Aboriginal services. He still serves on the ITeC Board

He is an active Rotarian of more than 30 years service, Is a member of the Rotary Club of Wollongong, and currently serves as a Director of that Club. He was a Charter Member of the Rotary Club Of Wollongong Central, he has been a Rotary Club President (twice), is a Paul Harris Fellow (Sapphire pin) and has served on a range of Rotary District Committees

He has been a National Councillor for Scouts Australia, and was the Regional Chairman of Scouts (South Coast and Tablelands Region) for twenty years. During this time he was also Chairman of the Mt Keira Scout Camp Committee.

He also served for three years as Chair of the NSW Police Service’s Customer Service Council (South Region)-which covered a large area of metropolitan and country areas in NSW.

Professor Hough served as an elected NSW Member on the National Board of the Australian Council for Educational Administration (ACEA) for over 15 years, and was Chairman of the Board when he became National President of ACEA for two years.

Professor Hough served as an elected NSW Member on the National Board of the Australian Council for Educational Administration (ACEA) for over 15 years, and was Chairman of the Board when he became National President of ACEA for two years.

Professor Hough chaired the Illawarra Regional Committee that applied for and received Federal Government funding for the establishment of the Australian Technical College (Illawarra) in 2007, and he served on the foundation Board of that College for two Years.

He is a NSW Government appointed member of the NSW Minister for the Illawarra’s Citizens’ Advisory Panel 2013-2014

He is a Lord Mayor appointee member of the Mt Keira Revitalization Committee as from 2014.

He has been the Event Co-ordinator of seven (7) annual “Wings Over Illawarra” (WOI) Open Days at Illawarra Regional Airport in 2007,2008,2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, with WOI 13 attracting 20 000 visitors. He assisted to co-ordinate the WOI 14 Air Show held in May 2014

Professor Hough also has a long history of military service and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Retired). His service in the Australian Army Reserve included command of the University Of NSW Regiment-which included the University of Wollongong Company. LtCol Hough also saw service in Vietnam with the Australian Army Armoured Corps, and is a qualified military parachutist. He has been awarded two military decorations by the Australian Government in recognition of his service in the Australian army.

Professor Hough was Wollongong’s Citizen of the Year in 2004. This was followed by his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (General Division) in 2006.

Professor Hough Was Awarded The Outstanding Individual’s Contribution To Tourism In South Coast In 2012.

Professor Hough is s senior member of the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) and is chairman of the Museum Board of HARS. He is also the Chairman of the project to form the HARS (Albatross) division and co-ordinate the Royal Australian Navy Historic Flight based at HMAS Albatross Nowra.


Dr. Michael Hough


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