Monday, November 29, 2004

New Victoria University Vice Chancellor

Well, it's official: Professor Pat Walsh is to replace Stuart McCutcheon (who replaces John Hood as VC at Auckland University) as Vice Chancellor next year.

I am indifferent to this news. I haven't had a lot to do with Proffessor Walsh (being in the Faculty of Commerce and all), although many at VUWSA who have, are positive about his appointment. He has been at Victoria for almost the entire of his working life which is a little concerning, but his work on PBRF (while I don't agree with the funding model) made the best out of a bad situation.

I guess I'm taking a "wait and see" approach to this... watch this space.

The following message is dispatched to all staff on behalf of the Chancellor, Rosemary Barrington:

Appointment of new Vice-Chancellor

Victoria University Chancellor, Rosemary Barrington, today announced the appointment of Professor Pat Walsh to the position of Vice-Chancellor with effect from 1 January 2005.
The selection process involved an extensive international search. Candidates from Australia and the United Kingdom were also short-listed.

“We are delighted to have appointed a person of the calibre and scholarly stature of Professor Walsh,” said Ms Barrington.

“It is even more pleasing to appoint a New Zealander who is known internationally in his research field, and has enjoyed a distinguished career at Victoria University that has included a variety of management and leadership roles.

“With his strong commitment to academic values, together with the forward momentum of the University, Professor Walsh will strengthen Victoria’s extensive relationships with the many communities it serves.”

Professor Walsh is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Commerce & Administration, as well as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Victoria University of Wellington, positions he has held since January 2003. He was Head of the School of Business & Public Management, now the Victoria Management School for six years, and was Director of the Industrial Relations Centre for seven years. In 1999, he was appointed as Professor of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. He received his MA from the University of Canterbury and his PhD from the University of Minnesota.

“I am excited about the new challenge represented in the role. Victoria University of Wellington is an outstanding university with a vibrant and stimulating community of scholars and students, supported by able and committed general staff,” said Professor Walsh.

“I look forward to taking the Capital City University forward as a pre-eminent provider of quality, research-led, university education.”

Issued by Victoria University of Wellington Public Affairs
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