The University of Waikato seeks to appoint a successor to Professor Roy Crawford who will conclude his second term in December 2014. The new Vice-Chancellor will embrace the University’s mission, vision and values, bringing the strategic leadership, commitment and energy to deliver on its vision for students, staff and the region. With strong decision-making capability and an open, transparent leadership style, the ideal candidate will lead the implementation of the University Strategy, clearly communicating the inspiring vision and direction for the University. An innovative and strategic approach, sound political acumen, and a passion for excellence, will be essential in enhancing the University’s distinctiveness, nationally and internationally. The Vice-Chancellor will have high academic credibility and a strong understanding and passion for driving outstanding teaching and research as the core business of the University, whilst demonstrating a deep understanding of the economic and political challenges facing the tertiary sector, in New Zealand and globally. A genuine commitment to equity and diversity, including an understanding of the concepts and obligations associated with the Treaty of Waitangi, is essential. Previous experience leading a complex, multi-disciplinary organisation is key, combined with strong business and financial acumen and the ability to lead and encourage creative approaches in a constrained environment. The ideal candidate will have experience in building and maintaining effective partnerships and strategic alliances. Founded in 1964 and with over 12,000 students, the University is committed to academic and research excellence and to the strength of international connections. In just 50 years it has become ranked as one of the top 50 young universities in the world, and has been identified internationally as a world-leading institution with the potential to become a future global leader. The University's Strategy describes the ambitions, aspirations and connectedness that will serve as its foundations for the next 50 years. The University’s motto of ‘Ko Te Tangata’, or ‘For The People’, places people at the centre of all activities. For a confidential discussion, please call Kathy Kane on +64 9 282 4240. Or, to apply in confidence, address your Cover Letter and CV to Kathy Kane and email to firstname.lastname@example.org Applications close: Friday, 12 September 2014.