Hamilton, August 6, 2019
The University of Waikato Council today elected former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand as the next University Chancellor, effective immediately.
The appointment is for a four-year term.
He succeeds James Bolger who was Chancellor from 2007 to June 30, 2019.
The former lawyer, judge and ombudsman is well-known to most New Zealanders for serving as the 19th Governor-General of New Zealand from 2006 to 2011.
Sir Anand said that his appointment provides an exciting new challenge of working at the governance level within a University.
“The University of Waikato has strong community linkages. This role provides a new challenge of working with a talented Council of a University in the middle of expansion and development,” Sir Anand said.
In addition to his role as Chancellor, Sir Anand will chair the University of Waikato Council’s People and Culture Committee and Honours Committee.
University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley said that Sir Anand brings a wealth of knowledge to the University of Waikato.
“We are privileged to have the opportunity to work with such an outstanding New Zealander and the University will benefit enormously from Sir Anand’s wisdom and experience,” he said.
While Sir Anand commences his role as Chancellor this month, the University will formally welcome him with a pōwhiri and other formal events when the Council meets in October.
Sir Anand announced today that he was stepping down as the Chair of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care. He led the Inquiry since February 2018.