CBE alumnus named NAIDOC Scholar of the Year
Dr Peter Radoll, an alumnus of the College and Director of the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre at the ANU, has been named Scholar of the Year by the ACT National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC).
The award was presented during a ceremony on 30 June to mark the start of NAIDOC Week, an annual celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Dr Radoll said he was humbled by the recognition of his efforts to mentor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to achieve their higher education goals.
"NAIDOC week is the one week of the year that focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievements and it is such a wonderful time for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to celebrate.
"I am honoured and humbled to have won this year's Scholar of the Year. Nominations come from the community and an independent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community panel decides on the awards. It is wonderful to be recognised by the community for my achievements," he said.
Dr Radoll graduated from the ANU College of Business and Economics last year with a PhD in Business Information Systems. He completed this qualification while also working full-time as Director of the Tjabal Centre at ANU. Dr Radoll also holds a Bachelor and Masters of Information Technology from the University of Canberra and has previously spent 11 years working as a motor mechanic. He was awarded the ANU's Vice Chancellor's Reconciliation Award in 2011.