Unitec’s interim chief executive Merran Davis has been appointed as Deputy Chief Executive, Transition and Transformation, at New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST).
Merran’s role was one of six new deputy chief executive positions announced by NZIST chief executive Stephen Town today. Merran takes up her new role on 31 August and will be based at the NZIST headquarters in Hamilton.
You can see the announcement full here.
Merran said in an email to staff that she sees her new appointment as recognition for all that the Unitec whānau has achieved over the past couple of years, and acknowledged the huge strides they had made together.
Unitec and MIT Board Chair Peter Winder also announced to staff the appointment of Gus Gilmore as the new joint chief executive of Unitec and MIT, effective 31 August.
In making the announcement, Mr Winder paid tribute to the outstanding job that Merran has done in her time at Unitec, saying “her focus and drive has been clear. Her passion for people is obvious, as is her commitment to partnership and a values-led style of leadership.”
He also acknowledged the unique differences between Unitec and MIT in cultures, history and mixes of provision, but said that “that diversity is critical to ensuring that we can together meet the vocational education needs in Auckland.”
Merran said that having a single chief executive role for both institutions offered clarity of decision-making at a crucial time for the sector, as well as an institution-wide focus needed to drive forward its ‘whole of Auckland’ approach.
“What lies at the heart of what we’re all here to do – achieving better outcomes for our students and the communities we serve – won’t change,” said Merran. “They remain our key focus, and I believe my new role at NZIST will only serve to enhance that goal.”