Pro-vice-chancellor for IT being sought at Victoria Uni

Victoria University of Wellington is advertising the newly created position of pro-vice-chancellor for IT.

Victoria University of Wellington is advertising the newly created position of pro-vice-chancellor for IT.

It is the first university in New Zealand to create such a post. In the process, overall responsibility for the university’s library will be brought under the IT post.

“A pro-vice-chancellor has three roles," says VUW vice-chancellor Stuart McCutcheon.

  • “To be responsible for a collection of schools, in this case, those of information management and computer science;
  • “to be responsible for [setting up and maintaining] degrees in their area” – VUW this year commenced its Bachelor of IT and Master of IT degrees;
  • “to be responsible for relevant whole-of-university services, in this case, computer services and the library.”
Inclusion of the library is “a recognition that libraries have moves away from just dealing with books and papers to being a supplier of databases, and a service that provides knowledge,” McCutcheon says.

“We see the whole IT area as being something that Victoria should have a distinct presence in,” bearing in mind its crucial role in business and society, and the fact that software company Jade and communications company Ericsson have both endowed chairs at the university.

VUW sees IT in the university as an area that could benefit from “better co-ordination” and the shaping of a “vision,” he says.

McCutcheon expects an appointment to be made in about August.

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