Murray Strong has been named the interim Executive Director of the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology, the new over-arching polytechnic announced as part of the Reform of Vocational Education.

Institute Establishment Board Chair, Barry Jordan confirmed that Mr Strong’s appointment is effective immediately and will run until 31 March 2020 while the search for a permanent chief executive carries out.

“Murray brings enormous experience to the role which the Establishment Board will draw upon. He is currently Crown Commissioner at Unitec Institute of Technology (Unitec), Crown Manager at Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP), and Chair of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). He will continue in his Unitec and TPP roles, but stand aside as Chair of NZQA, for the duration of this appointment,” says Mr Jordan.

Mr Strong is also an independent Chairman and professional director, and a member of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand and currently holds governance and advisory roles in the infrastructure sector. He is Chairman of the Centre of Digital Excellence in Dunedin.

He has also held a variety of Crown appointed senior roles, including Crown Commissioner and Crown Manager roles in the institutes of technology and polytechnics sector, and has worked in governance and senior management roles across the education, aviation, professional services, tourism and sport sectors.

“Over the next few weeks, Murray will look to appoint staff to key roles in the Establishment Unit as we continue to work towards the April 2020 target date to form the new Institute,” says Mr Jordan.

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