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UCOL Appoints New Chief Executive

By UCOL on Tuesday, 11 September 2018

A photograph of UCOL Chief Executive Dr Amanda Lynn being welcomed to UCOL

Dr Amanda Lynn has been appointed Chief Executive of UCOL, starting on Monday, 17 September 2018.

UCOL Council Chair Ben Vanderkolk said Dr Lynn has extensive experience working closely with Iwi, communities, businesses, industry groups, local and central government, internationally, and with tertiary institutes. Dr Lynn has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), focusing on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, awarded by Massey University in 2016.

Mr Vanderkolk was pleased with the high quality applications for the role, which reflects the standing and positon of UCOL in the tertiary and polytechnic sector. “Confidence in UCOL and our good performance attracted top candidates, and we are thrilled with Dr Lynn’s appointment.” 

Dr Lynn is a former top exporter of intelligent engineered technology and Chair of the Innovation Partnership Forum on the Digital Economy. An organisational, industry, economic and community development specialist, Dr Lynn is also an Independent Director with Infometrics and a member of the MBIE College of Assessors.  As the former Chief Executive of BERL Economics, Dr Lynn has completed significant work with the (then) Minister Sharples, the Māori Economic Development Taskforce, and multiple Iwi, nationally, on valuing the Māori Asset Base, recognising Māori contribution to the economy, and realising the potential of Māori Science and Innovation.

With UCOL Council’s best wishes, outgoing Chief Executive Leeza Boyce is returning to Australia as Director at Bond University College in Queensland, a role that presents an opportunity to reunite her family and pursue an area of deep professional interest, which is the successful transition of students into tertiary education. During Leeza’s tenure, her strong leadership has resulted in improved performance for UCOL, strengthened relationships and a continued student centric focus. 

Dr Lynn was welcomed in a powhiri to UCOL on Monday.