New leadership

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Professor James McWha will take up the position of Lincoln University Vice-Chancellor following the resignation of Professor Robin Pollard.

Professor McWha has been appointed on a fixed-term contract through to December. 

Chancellor Steve Smith, said Professor Pollard is leaving to pursue new opportunities and he received his resignation with regret. 

“Professor Pollard can claim much credit for his leadership of Lincoln University during a period of significant challenge and change,” Mr Smith said. 

“He has helped engineer the financial and organisational revival of the University, including posting its first surplus for 10 years in 2016, followed by another record surplus in 2017. 

“Professor Pollard was also instrumental in introducing concepts for a new way of organising the academic community, and encouraged new collaborative ways of working with Crown Research Institutes and private sector companies, which will bring lasting benefits to the University.” 

Professor McWha has held senior academic positions around the world, including at the University of Adelaide, University of Rwanda and Queen’s University in Belfast, as well as serving as vice-chancellor at Massey University.

He was also the foundation chief executive of HortResearch. 

Chancellor Smith said Lincoln University staff and students are fortunate to have attracted a candidate of such outstanding calibre as Professor McWha.