ROB Stephenson has been appointed the head of La Trobe University Bendigo campus.
Mr Stephenson has served as acting director since May 2013.
He studied a Bachelor of Business (accounting) degree at Bendigo College of Advanced Education which later became part of La Trobe.
His service with the university includes acting as general manager of the Bendigo Student Association from 2001 to 2011.
Mr Stephenson was appointed as senior manager, regional operations in March 2011 where he played a key role in the co-ordination and development of regional planning processes.
Mr Stephenson has engaged closely with local businesses, government and not-for-profit sectors on behalf of the university and gained widespread respect for his commitment to regional communities.