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Chancellor re-elected, new Pro Chancellor for Massey Council


Chancellor Michael Ahie

The Massey University Council has re-elected Michael Ahie as Chancellor for a further year and elected Ben Vanderkolk as its new Pro Chancellor, replacing Dr Helen Anderson.

Mr Ahie, of Wellington, who has been on the Council as a ministerial appointee since December 2012, became Pro Chancellor (deputy chair) in December 2013 and Chancellor three years later.


Ben Vanderkolk

Dr Anderson, also of Wellington, who has been on the Council since June 2014, also as a ministerial appointee, has been Pro Chancellor since January 2017.

Her term on the Council ends on December 31, although notification of ministerial appointments to Council is anticipated in February next year.

Mr Vanderkolk, the Palmerston North Crown Solicitor, also a ministerial appointee, has been on the Council since August 2011.

He is chair of the UCOL Council, Principal of BVA The Practice Palmerston North and Wellington and a trustee of the Massey University Foundation.

The Pro Chancellor stands in for the Chancellor when necessary at Council meetings and ceremonies such as graduations.



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