Welcome from the Kaiwhakakapi Tumu Whakarae—Acting Vice-Chancellor

Professor Jennifer Windsor has this week taken up the role of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s Kaiwhakakapi Tumu Whakarae—Acting Vice-Chancellor.

Watch Professor Windsor’s welcome video, in which she discusses her key areas of focus in beginning the role.

Professor Windsor says the whole higher education sector has faced difficulties during the COVID pandemic. “However, we know that many people, inside and outside the University, care deeply about what we do. We have much to be proud of and grateful for.

“As Acting Vice Chancellor, I want to ensure our core missions as a university can continue to thrive, and that we help shape higher education’s positive role and partnerships in our communities beyond COVID.”

Our community continues to deal with the immediate challenges and stress presented by the Omicron outbreak and Professor Windsor points to the many staff and students who have stepped up to help others. “I feel fortunate to be part of this community.”

Professor Windsor was previously the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Wellington Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences and Education, a role Professor Sarah Leggott has taken on while Professor Windsor is Acting Vice-Chancellor. Since joining the University in 2015, Professor Windsor has led her faculties through a period of significant achievement and success and played a central role in many key strategic initiatives within the University.

University Chancellor John Allen says, “The Council is grateful and appreciative that Professor Windsor is willing to take on this leadership role. The University is fortunate to have a person of Professor Windsor’s experience and skill ready to step up to this leadership challenge. She brings very strong academic credentials, deep experience in University Leadership including seven years on the Senior Leadership Team, and a commitment to the future—leading projects like the exciting national music centre partnership, which will reignite Te Ngākau Civic Square.”