Dr Don Zoellner

Who is Don Zoellner?

Don Zoellner has had a long and continuing involvement with education in the NT. He came to Darwin in 1973 to work as a high school teacher and became Assistant Principal at Darwin High School.

In 1986-1987, he interviewed many of the key players in the history of tertiary education in the NT for his Master’s thesis “The Implementation of Educational Policy by the Northern Territory Government: A Case Study of the Establishment of the University College of the Northern Territory”.

In 1992, he become the Principal of Alice Springs High School, and in 2000 became Executive Director of Centralian College in Alice Springs. He helped successfully merge the Centralian College into the new Charles Darwin University (CDU) in 2002-2003 and was Pro Vice-Chancellor, Community and Access at CDU 2003-2010.

Don Zoellner is a passionate believer in Vocational Education and Training (VET) and the benefits of a multi-sector university,  which he thinks is particularly appropriate for the NT and for Indigenous education.

He is currently a CDU PhD student and is writing his thesis on Vocational Education and Training in the NT.

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