MAC appoints Ian Hall as chairman of the board

Mount Aspiring College yesterday today announced the appointment of Ian Hall as chairman of its Board of Trustees.

Hall, who was co-opted on Monday and then voted in as chair, is an experienced educational leader and succeeds Ed Nepia who has held the position for the past three months.

Nepia said the Hall brings significant professional gravity to the position.

“As a board, we are lucky to have someone of Ian’s expertise. To have a new chair with such a strong background in school governance is a real asset, and I know Ian will bring positive and effective change alongside our trustees moving forward,” he said.

“I stepped into the role of chair following the resignation of Glenn Peat, and only saw it as temporary. I stand behind the appointment wholeheartedly and believe that as a school we need to be open to calling on the very best experience we have available to us - and Ian is a great example of that,” said Nepia.

“Ian’s experience will be invaluable particularly over the next two terms as we have a comprehensive work plan underway, ” he said.

Hall, most recently chairman of new Wanaka primary school Te Kura O Take Karara’s establishment board, has over 30 years experience in the education sector including as the principal of Otago Polytechnic.

He has also worked within the Department of Education and served as chair on multiple education boards.

“I welcome a further opportunity to be involved in the Wānaka school community and look forward to working closely with all stakeholders of the college.

“As a board, we are at a turning point for change, and I am confident we have the skills to do so and do so with conviction and transparency,” said Hall. Acting principal Dean Sheppard agreed and said “I would like to thank Ed for taking on the difficult task of chairman these past few months. I have appreciated Ed’s strength of character and know he will continue to add value to our board as a trustee.

“I am delighted to welcome Ian and carry on our progression as an effective and cohesive team with the best interests of our students at the forefront,” said Sheppard.

The appointment follows the release of an outcomes plan by limited statutory manager Madeleine Hawkesby last week. Hawkesby will remain in the role of the limited statutory manager (employment and communications) and supports the board’s appointment of Ian to the position of chair.

View edition 986 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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