New vice-chancellor for Lincoln University

Lincoln University has announced the appointment of its new vice-chancellor. Professor Robin Pollard will take up the post from mid-March.

Lincoln University chancellor, Tom Lambie, says the university is pleased to have secured Pollard following an international search that started in July last year.

“Robin is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire in England and has extensive experience in a number of universities around the world,” says Lambie. “Of particular interest to the Lincoln University Council is his success as a leader of university development, with experience in building overseas campuses, forging and managing partnerships, managing periods of change as well as periods of consolidation, and the development of online education.  This is a tremendously significant time for Lincoln University, with the post-earthquake campus rebuild now gathering momentum and the implementation of the Lincoln Hub running in parallel – while we also look to continue to grow student numbers through our new qualifications portfolio.  Robin’s experience tells us that he will have much to bring to all these important foundations of Lincoln’s future success”.

It is a return to Christchurch for Pollard who was raised there. Following education at Cashmere primary and high schools, he went on to a doctorate at the University of Canterbury.  Robin started professional work on condensed-matter, holding research positions at the University of Manitoba, Canada and at the University of California, San Diego as a physicist and chemist respectively. He later joined Monash University in Melbourne where his academic interests grew to iron-bearing minerals especially those found in soils and streams, before also branching to marketing and information technology.

In 2004-2007 Robin was a pro- and deputy vice-chancellor at the University of New England, with responsibilities for internationalisation, development and human resources. He subsequently returned to the Monash Malaysia campus in 2007-2012 as chief executive and president, and contributed to the campus becoming the pre-eminent Malaysian private university.

“I am delighted to be returning to Christchurch – and joining Lincoln University at a pivotal time on the institution’s journey,” says Pollard.  “Key areas of focus for the University are continued growth in student numbers by ensuring excellent student experiences and outcomes, supporting high quality research and teaching and advancing the Lincoln Hub including providing new opportunities through collaborations.  Challenges and opportunities lie ahead, which we will approach with integrity and collegiality.”

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