Tom Lambie ONZM will step down on 8 April as Lincoln University’s chancellor after 12 years in the top job.
Making the announcement, the university’s pro-Chancellor Tony Hall says his resignation was received with “much regret” at the Council meeting this week.
“Tom’s contribution over the last decade has been hugely significant – to the University but also to the wider tertiary and land-based sectors. A key part of Tom’s legacy will be the impact he had on the people he engaged with at Lincoln. He balanced his governance role with a very personal regard for the individuals he met – whether they were students, staff, alumni, stakeholders or visiting dignitaries. He will be missed around the Council table.”
Tom Lambie joined the Lincoln University Council in 2002 becoming Chancellor in 2005. During his time in office the University has heightened its focus as New Zealand’s specialist land-based university – a long-term strategy to reposition the 138-year-old institution. The strategy has led to the introduction of a new suite of qualifications to sit alongside Lincoln’s flagship programmes; entering the QS world-rankings top 400 universities (notably #13 in the world in the small university category); a re-focused farms’ portfolio; the introduction of the former Telford Rural Polytechnic qualifications into the University structure; and, more recently, overseeing the plans to commence the rebuild of the Lincoln campus as a fit-for-purpose, modern land-based institution.
“My time as Chancellor has been a truly life-changing experience and it hasn’t been an easy decision to step down. However, I am very confident that the time is right,” says Tom Lambie.
“I am a dairy farmer from South Canterbury and as the industry enters challenging times it has become obvious that I need to turn my focus to the farm – and to hand over as Chancellor to allow the University to receive the focus it needs. I leave the University in very good hands, with pro-chancellor Tony Hall being voted in as chancellor and Linda Tame as pro-chancellor. I have the utmost confidence in Tony, Linda, the Council and the vice-chancellor to lead the University into the future.”
Lambie is an alumnus of Lincoln and has a close relationship with the Lincoln University Alumni Association. He will officially step down after officiating at his twelfth graduation in office, on Friday 8 April.