University appoints new vice-chancellor

by Mike Isle

Lincoln University has appointed a new acting vice-chancellor. He is Professor Bruce McKenzie, who will take over the role now held by Professor James McWha in January 2019.

Professor McWha is expected to be appointed provost, which will involve offering advice, guidance and support to the university.

The university’s chancellor, Steve Smith, said Professor McKenzie will provide solid, stable leadership as Lincoln continues to deliberate on its future structure.

“Bruce is well known to Lincoln and has a proven track record of impeccable leadership after working at the university for more than 30 years. Staff have shown overwhelming support for his appointment, and we are thrilled that Bruce has agreed to take on the role.”

Professor McKenzie’s association with the university began in the early 1980s, when he attended Lincoln as a student, completing a postgraduate diploma in agricultural science and then a PhD in agronomy and crop science.

From there, he took up a 22-year post at the university as an associate professor of agronomy, responsible for teaching a range of classes in plant science, statistics and annual crop production.In 2008, he became dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which involved managing 150 staff members in four departments.

He worked in this role for more than seven years before becoming the university’s chief academic officer, overseeing Lincoln’s academic faculties, as well as the library, teaching and learning department, university studies and English language, and the research management office. 

He was appointed to the position of deputy vice-chancellor earlier this year. He will begin his new role as acting vice-chancellor on January 1 2019 and will remain in the position until June 30 2020.