WITT council mute on controversial decision

Posted By TEU on Feb 28, 2013 |


The Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki (WITT) council met last week for the first time since the fallout over its decision to advertise for a new chief executive.

However the Taranaki Daily News reports throughout the two hour meeting there wasn’t a single mention of the widespread controversy surrounding the council’s decision to refuse to reappoint its chief executive Richard Handley to his position..

The Daily News reports that the council was presented with news of a positive financial performance, with WITT posting an end of 2012 surplus of $1.58 million.

“The result came as a surprise to council as such a positive financial result had not been forecast.”

Course completion success for students was 78 per cent for 2012 – 10 percent higher than the targeted 68 per cent.

“2012 was a spectacular outcome for little WITT,” Mr Handley said.

The Daily News also reported that, at the back of the council’s 74-page agenda, were 17 news stories on WITT dating back to early November.

“However, not included in the clippings were Daily News stories which announced Mr Handley was leaving and exposed deep rifts within WITT leadership including allegations of bullying from some council members.”

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