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Tertiary Education Commission names CEO

18 March 2005

Tertiary Education Commission names Chief Executive

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) today announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive.

Kaye Turner, Acting Chair of the TEC, announced that Janice Shiner, currently Director General of the Lifelong Learning Directorate in England, will be the TEC’s first Chief Executive.

Kaye Turner said Janice Shiner has the mix of high level strategic experience and management expertise the Commission was looking for.

“We are delighted with this appointment. Janice Shiner has headed one of England’s largest tertiary colleges and currently works at the highest level on policy advice and funding implementation. She has a rare combination of top-level strategic leadership in both tertiary institutions and government agencies,” said Kaye Turner.

Janice Shiner takes up the TEC position on 11 July 2005.

“This is actually a new role,” said Kaye Turner. “Until now, the TEC has been led by two full time Commissioners and a General Manager. Under our new governance arrangements, the Chief Executive not only leads the organisation internally but also takes the lead in relationships with the tertiary sector and with the public.

“We have every confidence that New Zealand will benefit from Janice Shiner’s insights into how to develop and implement funding models for tertiary education and to monitor their impact,” said Kaye Turner.

“The quality of the applicants for this position was very pleasing. That level of interest and the calibre of the person we have appointed further underlines the significance of New Zealand’s tertiary education reforms,” said Kaye Turner.

Russell Marshall, who ends his term as High Commissioner to London next week and will chair the TEC from 4 April, said the New Zealand tertiary sector is hugely fortunate to have somebody of Janice Shiner’s calibre and experience leading the TEC.

“Janice very quickly earned the respect of the education sector and government here in Britain. She is very highly regarded and at the peak of her career. Janice knows what she is coming to in New Zealand. The issues are not the same as in Britain but many are very similar,” said Russell Marshall.

“The TEC has established a sound foundation for the reform of tertiary education in New Zealand and is now moving into a new phase. I look forward to working with Janice on the challenging but extremely important work yet to be done to refine the funding model and further enhance the quality and relevance of tertiary education in New Zealand,” said Russell Marshall.

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