NMIT acting chief executive appointed

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Wayne Jackson, acting chief executive of NorthTec, has been appointed acting chief executive of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT).

The acting chief executive of Northland Polytechnic, Wayne Jackson, has been named interim head of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT).

Jackson will become NMIT’s acting chief executive on August 31, taking the reins from Liam Sloan, who leaves for a position at Federation University in Melbourne on August 28.

Recruitment agency, Jackson Stone & Partners, would manage recruitment for the permanent role.

Jackson was chief executive officer of professional services network, Grant Thornton NZ, and a partner with Ernst and Young NZ for 19 years, as well as a director of its business advisory practice.

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NMIT board chair Daryl Wehner says Wayne Jackson, who becomes acting chief executive of the institute in August, understands the sector’s challenges.

NMIT board chair Daryl Wehner said Jackson had proven himself to be a “good leader” in the tertiary education sector, which had been hit hard by coronavirus.

“The challenges Wayne will face for our region, will be … the financial challenge that every institution in New Zealand is facing as a result of the pandemic.”

Getting the institute “back onto a strong financial footing”, and examining its role in responding to rising unemployment in the region, would be Jackson’s main focus areas, Wehner said.

NMIT forecast losses of $1.3 – $1.5 million if international students couldn’t return this year.

The Government has ruled out a return of foreign students for the start of next semester (July and August).

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Chief Executive of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Liam Sloan has accepted a role at Federation University, Melbourne, as Chief Executive Technical and Further Education (TAFE) and Pro Vice Chancellor, Education and Training.