CHARLES Sturt University (CSU) will next year be on the lookout for a new vice-chancellor after the man who has filled the role for almost 10 years yesterday announced his departure.Professor Ian Goulter will continue in the chief executive role until the end of next year so an exhaustive search can be undertaken for the right person to replace him.When he does leave, however, CSU chancellor Lawrie Willett admitted there would be some big shoes to fill."Ian was appointed vice-chancellor of CSU in July 2001 and has made a significant contribution to strengthening the university and expanding opportunities in rural and regional Australia," Mr Willett said. Mr Willett highlighted as Prof Goulter's major achievements significant growth in staff numbers and revenue; the opening of a new greenfield campus in Albury-Wodonga in 2009; and a major expansion of science and student residential infrastructure in Wagga.He also made mention of the university's new veterinary science program in Wagga."Ian's achievements include the new $60 million veterinary science program in Wagga which graduated its first students this year," Mr Willett said."Every single graduate of the program was employed in rural practice within a day of completion."It has not yet been revealed what Prof Goulter will move into after he finishes in his role at CSU next year but he made it clear that he intended to finish with the university on a high note."I am proud to have been part of (CSU's) success over this period," Prof Goulter said. "I am looking forward to being part of its further success and progress during 2011."