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New Pro-Chancellor for University

New Pro-Chancellor for University

Dr Ian Parton, a prominent Auckland engineer and company director, is new Pro-Chancellor of The University of Auckland.

He will deputise for Chancellor Roger France whose governance role includes chairing University Council meetings, presiding at graduation ceremonies and representing the University on formal occasions.

Dr Parton joined the University Council in 2008 after being elected as one of three representatives of the Court of Convocation.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering with first class honours and a PhD from The University of Auckland. He is a past-president of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), a Distinguished Fellow of IPENZ and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

He was elected Pro-Chancellor in place of Lindsay Corban who served a two-year term and remains on the Council.

Dr Parton said he was honoured to be appointed Pro-Chancellor. “The University faces a challenging decade with the largest ever building programme on the Symonds Street campus about to be implemented.

“As well as contributing to the governance of the University, I will be pleased to use my engineering skills to assist the Council in keeping abreast of progress with the programme.”

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