New strategic appointments

New strategic appointments are a key step towards Victoria achieving its vision of being a leading capital city university, as well as one of the world’s great civic universities.

Professor Neil Quigley, who has been a senior leader at Victoria for the past 17 years, most recently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), has been appointed New Zealand’s first Provost.

He is responsible for ensuring Victoria’s teaching and research programmes are high quality, unified and relevant to both domestic and international communities. At the heart of the role is the University’s commitment to ensuring student learning is enriched by innovative research.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Grant Guilford, says this is the first of a number of strategic leadership appointments at Victoria that signal a change in the way the University operates.

“A Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) role has also been created. This is the most senior Māori role in any university and recognises the importance to Victoria of the Treaty of Waitangi and our partnership with tangata whenua. Professor Piri Sciascia, who has been a senior leader at Victoria for 14 years, has been appointed to this role.

“We have also appointed Professor Frazer Allan as our new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement), a role that will be central to developing partnerships with our communities, as well as our goal of doubling the size of our student population in the next 20 to 30 years.”

Frazer is currently the head of the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University and prior to this he was the Director of Massey’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.