AUT’s Vice-Chancellor to retire in 2022

11 Jun, 2021
Derek McCormack
Derek McCormack

The leader who spearheaded AUT’s journey from a fledgling University to ranking in the world’s top 1% will be retiring in March 2022.

Derek McCormack has been the Auckland University of Technology’s Vice-Chancellor since 2004, and part of the leadership of the organisation since its establishment in 2000.

He announced to staff today that he will be leaving the University at the end of his current contract on 31 March 2022.

AUT Chancellor Rob Campbell acknowledges Derek’s extraordinary commitment and expertise in transforming and growing AUT from a respected technical institute into one of the most highly regarded contemporary universities.

“It’s no coincidence that AUT currently ranks number one in New Zealand for Global Research Impact and for International Outlook and Health Subjects; is the top Millennial University in Australasia, and #15 in the world*.

“Derek’s leadership has ensured AUT has grown from strength to strength, not only in student numbers but in providing our students with exceptional learning experiences that prepare them for future success.

“AUT’s focus on research that has impact and can be applied for wellbeing and prosperity is another hallmark of Derek’s tenure,” says Rob.

Derek’s announcement comes after a challenging year but one that has also seen the milestone of AUT’s 20th year as a university. The commitment of staff and resilience of students during recent times epitomise his pride for the broader AUT whānau.

“It’s a privilege to work with an enormously diverse community whose ability to listen, learn, adapt and grow is astonishing.

“AUT’s mission of Great Graduates means we put students at the centre of our efforts and our achievements are built on this and our willingness to engage and view challenges with fresh eyes.

“While much has changed over the past two decades since becoming a university, AUT remains both strongly student-centred and outwardly focussed, preparing the graduates who will be our next generation of leaders, thinkers, researchers and shapers of the future. I am proud to be part of this mahi,” says Derek.

The AUT Council will begin an international search for a new Vice-Chancellor.

* Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings

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