Retiring Cromwell College Principal Rev Dr Hugh Begbie
Retiring Cromwell College Principal Rev Dr Hugh Begbie
20 April 2010

After spending almost 15 years at the helm of UQ's Cromwell College, Principal Hugh Begbie is set to retire at the end of next month.

Reverend Doctor Begbie said his tenure had been both a privilege and a learning experience.

"It requires passion, commitment, diligence and the patience and vision to work with young adults," he said.

"One can never be certain of the impact of one's leadership on the lives of the residents, but I hope and pray that, as I have learned much from them, they have learned some important life lessons from me."

Dr Begbie began as Principal of Cromwell in January 1995 and said that it was very tough early on as the college underwent several changes.

"However, I am pleased to say that the college is now in a very good position, with all rooms refurbished, a master plan in place and construction of a new residential wing underway," he said.

One of the initiatives undertaken was the building of 18 self-catered units in 1998 - an innovation in residential accommodation which provides accommodation for some 50 residents; mainly those from

The reputation of the college is very high with many more students applying for accommodation than can be catered for.

One of the most difficult periods during Dr Begbie's time at Cromwell was the death of his wife Helen due to cancer in 2002.

He thanked his three children, many friends, staff and the colleagues from the Board of Governors for their support in getting through this tough time.

Although he has no immediate plans for his retirement Dr Begbie said his Christian faith and background as a minister would guide him.

"I am on quite an adventure and only God knows where it will end," he said.

A formal farewell to Dr Begbie and a welcome to his successor, Mr Ross Switzer, will be held at the college's 60th anniversary celebrations to be held between July 3-4.

Mr Switzer most recently served as Principal of West Moreton Anglican College and was also the foundation Principal of the Georgiana Molloy Anglican School in Western Australia.

All alumni and friends of the college are encouraged to contact (07) 3377 1300 or so that they receive an invitation to the upcoming events.

Media: Cromwell College (07 3377 1300,