Top uni post still unfilled

The appointment of a new vice-chancellor at the University of Otago could be still several months away, as the institution acknowledges it is still going through the process.

Prof David Murdoch stepped aside last June and Prof Helen Nicholson became acting vice-chancellor.

Applications for the new vice-chancellor opened on September 21 and closed on October 21.

The university council’s people and culture committee will meet today, and one of its tasks is providing guidance and recommendations regarding the appointment of a new vice-chancellor.

University chancellor Stephen Higgs said the recruitment process would take some time.

"The process is being led by the vice-chancellor selection panel and includes mana whenua, staff and student representation, working alongside Perrett Laver.

"Input is being received from the staff advisory group, which also has wide representation," Mr Higgs said.

"As is typical for a senior leadership role of this nature in a large organisation, it will be a thorough process involving a number of steps and levels of engagement with candidates.

"As outlined to staff, the process will take several months, from the early stages of calling for staff submissions on the attributes and qualities that they would like to see in a new vice-chancellor through to the staff advisory group and council each meeting and engaging with short-listed candidates and a final candidate being confirmed and announced by council."

Prof Murdoch took over in February 2022 from Prof Harlene Hayne, who stepped down in April 2021 after 10 years in the role.

Prof Nicholson was acting vice-chancellor during the interim period.