My name is Kerri-Lee Krause and I am the President and Vice-Chancellor of Avondale University. After studying secondary teaching at Avondale College (as it was then) in the 1980s, I spent the next 3 decades working in universities across Australia and internationally. Having travelled extensively, I never dreamed I would return to what used to be known as ‘sleepy, rural Cooranbong’.
It’s great to be back here, living and working in this beautiful place. Cooranbong has managed to retain is charm and close-knit community feel, while developing into a vibrant precinct with plenty of walking and bike tracks, coffee shops, eco-tourism attractions and its very own community rose garden! My husband and I love the lifestyle here. One of many highlights is the daily journey down University Drive. Having lived in cities for many years, I appreciate the calming rhythms of the seasonal changes and the beauty of this special place.
My ambition is to see Avondale University becoming even more relevant to our local community as we continue to grow and develop. It’s wonderful to see people of all ages coming together in this unique and thriving living and learning community and I’m so pleased to be part of it.