Changes at Knox College have continued with confirmation
of the appointment of a new master at the residential college.
The appointment of the Rev Dr Selwyn Yeoman by the
Presbyterian Church comes amid a period of change at the
college, with an $11.3 million earthquake-strengthening and
extension project under way and changes to the college's
traditions happening in the past year.
The convener of the commission which runs Knox College, Dr
John Kernohan, said Dr Yeoman's vision for the future of the
Knox community was a critical factor in his appointment.
"The commission hopes for Knox to develop as an outstanding
community characterised by high academic performance,
all-round personal development, and an ethic of service.
"Selwyn has the vision and experience to take Knox College
into the next era," Dr Kernohan said Dr Yeoman (61) said he
and wife Natalie were excited about moving on to the Knox and
Salmond campus to live among the students.
The appointment comes after issues at the college, with Jamie
Gilbertson serving as acting master since the start of this
year after former master Bruce Aitken went on paid leave.
This year the commission has overhauled some of the college's
long-standing traditions and tightened rules governing
Mr Aitken announced in July he was retiring and would not be
returning to the college.
Dr Yeoman spent more than 20 years as minister in the Mosgiel
North Taieri parish. Most recently he has been at the Coastal
Unity parish in Dunedin.