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Chancellor to step down

Massey University Chancellor Chris Kelly has today advised the University that he intends to step down from his position, effective immediately.

Mr Kelly said his decision follows media coverage of his comments concerning the Massey University Veterinary programme that he has subsequently apologised for.

“Having had time to carefully consider the views of many staff, students and stakeholders, I believe that it is in the interests of the University that I step aside,” he said.

Mr Kelly is a Massey University gradute, who worked as a veterinarian and for 12 years headed the state-owned enterprise Landcorp before his retirement in 2013. He has been a member of the Massey University Council since 2005 and Chancellor since 2014. The Chancellor chairs the University Council, which is responsible for governance of the University.

In the Queen's Birthday Honours this year he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to agriculture.