University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon has said he will step down at the end of 2019.
Reporting the news, NZ Herald quoted TEU national president Sandra Grey on the subject of the appointment process for his successor. She said academic staff at Wellington’s Victoria University had been consulted before its current vice-chancellor Dr Grant Guilford was appointed in 2014.
“What we asked for is that there is the involvement of staff right upfront saying what sort of leader do we think the organisation needs to fulfil its mission, and that a shortlist of candidates come and give them some vision of what they are looking for,” she told NZ Herald.
McCutcheon, who is also chairman of Universities NZ, is the longest-serving current vice-chancellor. Sandra Grey said that most university VCs served only two five-year terms. “There is a long tradition in universities of leadership positions changing so you get different perspectives and different views.”
McCutcheon, who has been VC at Auckland University since January 2005 told the university’s council on 17 October that he will not seek a new term after his current one ends next year, by when he will have been VC of the university for 15 years.