University management

Massey University's senior leadership team is responsible for the management of the university and is led by the Vice-Chancellor, Steve Maharey. View a management structure chart here:  Senior Leadership Team (152 KB)

Senior Leadership Team

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Hon Steve Maharey

Hon Steve Maharey CNZM, BA, MA (Hons)
Steve Maharey has been the Vice-Chancellor of Massey University since 2008. Before then he was the fourth-ranked Minister in Government for nine years holding the positions of Minister of Education, Minister Responsible for the Education Review Office and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Minister of Research, Science and Technology, Minister Responsible for Crown Research Institutes, Minister of Broadcasting, Minister Responsible for Television New Zealand, Chair of the Cabinet Social Development Committee and Member of Parliament for Palmerston North for 18 years from 1990.

He studied at Massey and was a junior lecturer in business administration and a senior lecturer in sociology, as well as being a Palmerston North city councillor prior to entering Parliament. His teaching and publications helped influence the development of New Zealand sociology and formation of the fields of cultural studies and media studies in New Zealand. His academic interests include social policy (particularly social development), education, media and cultural studies, social change and politics.
He is currently working on the public domain and its importance in the 21st century.

He is currently on the Board of the Wellington Employers Chamber of Commerce, the Committee for Auckland, the Territorial Force Employers Support Council, and the Board of the Manawatu Cancer Society. He is Patron of the Australasian Association for Tertiary Education Management and the Manawatu Squash Association.
He was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in 2008.
He has extensive experience in all forms of media. He is a frequently invited speaker and contributor to the media.

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Deputy Vice-Chancellor

MASSEY BUSINESS SCHOOL: Professor Theodore (Ted) Zorn

Professor Zorn is a specialist in management communication, workplace wellbeing and organisational change. He has a PhD in communication and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, and has been the recipient of considerable external research funding in New Zealand.
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Pro Vice-Chancellors

massey business school: Professor Theodore (Ted) Zorn

Professor Zorn is a specialist in management communication, workplace wellbeing and organisational change. He has a PhD in communication and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, and has been the recipient of considerable external research funding in New Zealand.
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College of Creative Arts: Professor Claire Robinson

Professor Robinson has degrees in politics and design. She researches and writes and commentates on the visual communication of political messages, political marketing, political advertising, leadership image and election campaigning in New Zealand.
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College of HEALTH: Professor Paul McDonald

Professor McDonald is the foundation head of the College of Health, established in 2013. An internationally acclaimed public health specialist with research expertise in population health planning and intervention for challenges such as reducing tobacco use, he joined Massey from his position as director of the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Professor McDonald has a Bachelor of Arts with honours in psychology from Waterloo, a Master of Arts in clinical psychology from the University of Western Ontario and a PhD in health studies and population health from the University of Waterloo. In 2008-09 he was visiting associate professor at the Auckland University of Technology's Department of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies.
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College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley

Distinguished Professor Spoonley is one of New Zealand's leading academics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He joined the Massey staff in 1979 and was, until becoming Pro Vice-Chancellor in October 2013, the College's Research Director and Auckland Regional Director. He has led numerous externally funded research programmes, including the Ministry of Science and Innovation's $3.2 million Integration of Immigrants  and the $800,000 Nga Tangata Oho Mairangi. He has written or edited 25 books and is a regular commentator in the news media. In 2010, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California Berkeley and in 2013, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Goettingen. He was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand Science and Technology medal in 2009 in recognition of his academic scholarship, leadership and public contribution to cultural understanding  and in 2011, his contribution to Sociology was acknowledged with the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand's scholarship for exceptional service to New Zealand sociology. In 2013, he was given the title of Distinguished Professor, Massey University's highest academic title.
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College of Sciences: Professor Raymond Geor

Professor Geor is a trained veterinarian with more than 30 years teaching and research experience, and has recently returned to New Zealand from the United States.

Professor Geor graduated from Massey University as a veterinarian in 1983 before completing a large animal internship at Murdoch University in Perth. He then practised as a veterinarian in New Zealand and Canada, followed by a residency and masters degree in 1988 at the University of Saskatchewan and a doctoral degree at Ohio State University in 1999.
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Assistant Vice-Chancellors

External Relations: Penelope Barr-Sellers

Mrs Barr-Sellers is a leading communications practitioner with a background in university operations and strategic development, marketing and communications agency and client management here and internationally, along with New Zealand news media. She oversees the University's communications, marketing, national events, student recruitment, web content, alumni development and the Massey University Foundation.
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An experienced senior manager in the private sector and public service, Dr Katene joined Massey in 2012, and is responsible for the provision of strategic advice, information and leadership on all matters relating to Māori and Pasifika.
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People and Organisational Development: Alan Davis

A former senior human resource manager at a variety of large public and private sector organisations, Mr Davis brings legal and business qualifications to his role leading the strategies, policies and advisory services on employment relations, remuneration, capability development, health and safety, and payroll administration.
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Research, ACADEMIC and Enterprise: Professor Giselle Byrnes

Professor Byrnes is an internationally recognised historian, with senior management experience in universities in Australia and in New Zealand, who joined Massey in January 2016. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History and English and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Waikato and a PhD in History is from the University of Auckland. She has worked for the Waitangi Tribunal, taught at Victoria University of Wellington and held academic and management roles at the University of Waikato and Charles Darwin University.
Professor Byrnes has been Fulbright scholar teaching New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC, and has served as President of the New Zealand Historical Association. She has a commitment to advancing the agenda around equity and access to higher education and is a strong advocate of the critical role played by modern universities in creating social, cultural and intellectual capital for public benefit and economic wellbeing.
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Operations, INTERNATIONAL and University Registrar: Stuart Morriss

With an agricultural science degree and a Master of Public Policy, Mr Morriss is responsible for campus operations and services (including property, facilities management and students services) on all campuses.  He also provides leadership of the International portfolio including Massey University Worldwide, student administration and enrolment management,  Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) and Te Puna Whakatipu.  As Registrar he is responsible for stewardship of the constitutional affairs of the University, and for governance support and the secretariat for the University Council.
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