Farewell to Greg and Jan Durbin

Greg has a phenomenal 29 years of service under his belt. He commenced his career at the University in late 1987, at the old Hunter Institute of Higher Education. When developing the then Graduations System (coincidentally, just in time for his own graduation) Greg met a lovely young lady at work. In due course, she became his lifelong best friend and wife, Jan. Greg spent time in the Computer Labs and was also involved in the archival of the old financial and student system (NUSS).

An opening in the new millennium saw Greg transition to the Integration team, working with a new tool called Constellar Hub. He would continue to spend the next 15 years in the Integration team, heading it up for the last decade and was instrumental in the rollout in 2008 of the replacement integration platform in Oracle Data Integrator (ODI). Greg’s commitment to excellence and the sound architecture and frameworks that he built into the integration environment sees ODI in 2016 executing 4,000+ process flows per day with less than a 0.1% failure rate.

Greg’s time and substantial efforts have not gone unnoticed, as he has been the recipient of three Vice Chancellor Awards in the past decade. Another proud achievement was the Global Corporate Challenge Outstanding Effort award for his “Personal Best” of 73,015 steps in a day (equating to over 50km). Over the 16 weeks of this challenge, Greg’s dedication and persistence resulted in a total distance walked of 2,168km or 3.3 million steps. That’s an average of over 135km per week and over 19km per day! Wow! How did Jan keep up?

His community spirit was reflected in Greg being a Firewarden for the CT building since he located there some 15 years ago. Greg has always tried to pass on whatever knowledge he has gained over the years, following the University’s goals to teach and encourage people to learn. Honour, dedication and persistence are the values and characteristics that define Greg. He has always tried to give 110% to the University during the good and the tough times. Despite his imminent retirement, Greg has been instrumental in the selection of the University’s next generation integration tool to meet the demands of real-time and more importantly cloud-based integration. Before his departure on the 14th of October, he was running the project to define and build the architecture and framework for the Mulesoft Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).

The legacy that Greg leaves the University and in particular its information systems integration assets is profound. He will be clearly missed as the definitive source of integration knowledge for the University of Newcastle.

Jan first commenced employment with UON in 1989 after the amalgamation with the Hunter Institute of Higher Education. She has served a very impressive 28 years with the University. During this time, Jan has worked in a range of IT/Customer Support roles within central IT and the Faculties. She was dedicated to getting the best result for her customers and this saw her succeed in each of her roles. Jan was a very skilled employee, enabling her to train and mentor colleagues throughout her many years of service.

Her dedication to Service Excellence will be missed. She first commenced employment with UON in 1989 after the amalgamation with the Hunter Institute of Higher Education. She has served a very impressive 28 years with the University. During this time, Jan has worked in a range of IT/Customer Support roles within central IT and the Faculties. She was dedicated to getting the best result for her customers and this saw her succeed in each of her roles.Jan was a very skilled employee, enabling her to train and mentor colleagues throughout her many years of service. Her dedication to Service Excellence will be missed.

Greg and Jan plan to travel extensively and spend quality time together. We wish them safe travels, good health and happiness in their retirement.