Chancellor Steve Smith said Professor Pollard is leaving to pursue new opportunities and he received his resignation with regret.
“Professor Pollard can claim much credit for his leadership of Lincoln University during a period of significant challenge and change,” said Chancellor Smith. “He has helped engineer the financial and organisational revival of the University, including posting its first surplus for 10 years in 2016, followed by another record surplus in 2017.
“Professor Pollard was also instrumental in introducing concepts for a new way of organising the academic community and encouraged new collaborative ways of working with Crown Research Institutes and private sector companies,” Chancellor Smith said. “These achievements will bring lasting benefits to the University.”
Chancellor Smith also thanked Professor Pollard for agreeing to stay on for a short period as a special projects advisor reporting directly to the new Vice Chancellor.
Professor McWha has excelled in senior academic positions around the world, including at the University of Adelaide, University of Rwanda and Queens University in Belfast, as well as serving as Vice-Chancellor at Massey University and was foundation chief executive of HortResearch.
Chancellor Smith said Lincoln University staff and students are fortunate to have attracted a candidate of such outstanding calibre as Professor McWha.
“Lincoln University is in good hands as we embark on the next stage of the transformation of Lincoln University, as set out in the Transformation Board report, and reshaping its leadership around a culture of excellence and collaboration,” he said.