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Paul McElroy

Paul McElroy

Paul is a dynamic leader, dedicated to polytechnic-based education, with its emphasis on vocational training and applied learning. He believes in engaging with issues that impact on the tertiary education sector and is committed to embracing change, working with government and other agencies to shape a future that supports polytechnic education.
He has more than 15 years experience in management positions, mostly in the public sector. He has a track record of introducing sound business disciplines to public organisations while retaining a focus on the public mission. 

Paul joined UCOL as Director Corporate Services in 1991, and became Chief Executive in 1996. He has been a change leader, with the incorporation of the Wairarapa Community Polytechnic (2001), the Wanganui Regional Community Polytechnic in 2002, and the construction of new campuses in Palmerston North and Whanganui.


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