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Phil Ker said it remained to be seen how many people would sit on the board, but he understood half of them would be from the polytechnic council, and the other half from the wider Otago region.
The polytechnic was analysing the risks and the opportunities when the new model was put in place.
New legislation on the construction of the model will come out in the last week of August.
The board will replace the Otago Polytechnic council in April 2020, when the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology is established.
The new model also incorporated regional skills leadership groups, which identified skills needs and how to meet them in each region.
''It is important that they are well-supported by people who are good thinkers, and people who have credibility, and ... who are listened to,'' he said.
The question was whether groups would have sufficient influence to inspire the right people to give up their time, Mr Ker said.
''We are asking busy and successful people to contribute.''