New chancellor welcome challenges

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Lincoln University’s new Chancellor is welcoming the challenges of maintaining Selwyn’s biggest tertiary institution’s global academic leadership.

Lincoln University alumni Steve Smith, who was born in Invercargill and raised in Ashburton, has taken over the role of Chancellor from Tony Hall, who was recently named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Mr Smith paid tribute to his predecessor Mr Hall and Vice-Chancellor Robin Pollard for their guidance of the university through a challenging period of change, which he said had primed Lincoln University for a strong period of growth and academic excellence.

He said he is looking forward to working alongside Vice-Chancellor Robin Pollard to continue the recent fiscal discipline and accountability at the university.

“This is an exciting time for Lincoln University and a lot of work has been completed to get us to a position of fiscal stability, as is evident in our FY16 Annual Results,” Mr Smith said.

“Lincoln has a great opportunity to become a global academic thought leader in charting the future and solving real-world challenges around land, food and ecosystems.

“Lincoln University can also be at the forefront of a significant change in the way education is delivered and is integrated into the real world economy.”

Mr Smith said that when fully established and operational, the joint facility with AgResearch, and the wider Lincoln Hub will combine the power of the university’s world class teaching and research to help create a network of leading edge land thinkers.

“Our land is our single most significant and unique resource and one which will drive future prosperity in New Zealand,” he said.