Leadership excellence recognised

University of Otago chief operating officer Stephen Willis works from home with his son, Alby (2)...
University of Otago chief operating officer Stephen Willis works from home with his son, Alby (2). Mr Willis has been awarded an Australasian tertiary education management best practice award.PHOTO: SUPPLIED
A key University of Otago staff member has been honoured for his leadership after he steered the institution through its biggest disruption since World War 2.

University of Otago chief operating officer Stephen Willis was presented the LH Martin Institute Award for Excellence in Leadership last week.

Mr Willis said he was just doing his job, but the gong for tertiary education management in Australia, New Zealand or Papua New Guinea was awarded to him for his ongoing leadership at the university, and his work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne said Mr Willis was "simply a remarkable leader".

Within a week of lockdown, students began learning online, staff were working remotely, and all essential services were operating across all five campuses, Prof Hayne said.

The institution was already well on the way to recovery, mostly due to his leadership, she said.

He started as chief operating officer in 2016.

hamish.maclean@odt.co.nz

Add a Comment

 

Advertisement

postanote_header_620_x_80.png

postanote_620_x_25.jpg

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter