The University's governing body is Council. It comprises lay, staff and student members. Council is the governing body through which the University acts. It controls the affairs, concerns and property of the University. Council is authorised by legislation to act in the ways best calculated to promote the interests of the University.
Council is chaired by the Chancellor, who is elected from the lay members of Council. The Deputy to the Chancellor is the Pro-Chancellor.
Office of the Vice-Chancellor
Professor Dawn Freshwater is the Vice-Chancellor. She is the head of the University: its chief academic and administrative officer and the employer of all staff.
Professor Freshwater is responsible for providing academic leadership along with effective management, and for leading strategic planning and directing resource allocation.
The Office of the Vice-Chancellor, located in the ClockTower, 22 Princes Street, is the administrative headquarters for the University.
Professor Valerie Linton is the Provost.
Professor Jim Metson is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, responsible for assisting and advising the Vice-Chancellor and University Council on research policy, research management and performance.
Dr Erik Lithander is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Strategic Engagement, responsible for ensuring that the University develops, maintains and grows the key national and international relationships that will enhance and enable its ability to perform as a leading University.
Adrienne Cleland is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Operations and Registrar, responsible for Finance, IT, Property, Communications & Marketing, Academic & Shared Services, Organisational Performance, Planning & Information, Campus Life, Legal and Risk functions.
Associate Professor Te Kawehau Hoskins is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori. She has responsibility for developing a positive Māori profile in the University and assisting in the development of Māori programmes in liaison with the Vice-Chancellor, Māori staff, students and the community.
Associate Professor Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa (Satapuala and Falealupo, Samoa) is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific. He has a responsibility for developing a positive Pacific profile in the University and assisting in the development of Pacific programmes in liaison with the Vice-Chancellor, Pacific staff, students and the community.
Professor Cathy Stinear is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Equity with responsibility for strategic equity leadership. She works in collaboration with others across the University, in particular working closely with the Pro Vice-Chancellors Māori and Pacific.
Associate Professor Bridget Kool is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Education. She contributes to the oversight of cross-University academic matters, ensuring the quality of its academic policy and offerings, and excellence in learning and teaching approaches.