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University management

Massey University's senior leadership team is responsible for the management of the university and is led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jan Thomas.

Senior Leadership Team


Professor Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas

Professor Jan Thomas commenced as Vice Chancellor of Massey University in January 2017.  From 2012 Jan served as Vice-Chancellor and President at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.  Prior to that, she held various senior executive positions at Murdoch University and the University of Notre Dame Australia from 2003.

Professor Thomas has a PhD in Veterinary Science from Murdoch University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute for Company Directors. She has received numerous awards for her leadership in education.

Professor Thomas currently holds the position of Chair for the Managing Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities based in London and is a member of the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Council.


Pro Vice-Chancellors

Massey Business School: Professor Stephen Kelly

Stephen Kelly

Professor Kelly commenced his academic career in 1998, following a decade spent working in the building materials and construction sector. He has a Bachelor of Administration from Griffith University (1987), a Master of Business (1997) and a Doctor of Philosophy (2004) from Southern Cross University. His PhD thesis focused on the identification and analysis of relationship benefits in business-to-business channels.

Before joining Massey, he held management and leadership positions at educational institutions in Singapore and Australia, including academic director and managing director of the M2 Academy in Singapore from 2013 to 2015 and head of school, and subsequently dean, of the Southern Cross Business School in Sydney from 2006-13.

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College of Health: Professor Jill McCutcheon

Jill McCutcheon

Professor Jill McCutcheon joined the College of Health with over 25 years experience in academic administration and leading transformation in learning and teaching. Professor McCutcheon has a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Muscle Pathophysiology and a residency in Pathology from Washington State University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on the role of environmental factors in glucose and insulin regulation during exercise and in metabolic disease. She was appointed the Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of College of Health at Massey University in April 2015 from her position as Director of the International Programs and Resources and Chairperson and Professor, Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, Michigan State University.

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Professor Cynthia White

Cynthia White

Professor White is an internationally recognised scholar in applied linguistics. She completed her honours degree in linguistics and her postgraduate qualifications in TESOL (formerly Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Victoria University in Wellington and was appointed a junior lecturer in 1978. She then completed projects funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand and China before joining Massey University as a lecturer in 1983. Her PhD, completed at Massey University in 1993, was a comparative study of the strategies used by distance and classroom language learners. Professor White has been an invited plenary speaker at international conferences in the UK, Germany, Hawai’i, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Uzbekhistan, Vietnam, Australia and Taiwan.

In 2004 she received the International TESOL Virginia French Allen Award for Scholarship and Service to the TESOL profession. Since 2012, she has been an Honorary Research Fellow at Australia’s University of New England. She is also a member of the Marsden Fund and chair of the Humanities panel. Professor White has served as a member of the Massey University Council, and research director of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is president of the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand and a member of the international committee of AILA (International Applied Linguistics Association). 

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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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Deputy Vice-Chancellors

Māori: Professor Meihana Durie

Professor Meihana Durie

Professor Meihana Durie, of Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Raukawa Te Au ki Te Tonga, Ngāti Porou, Rongo Whakaata, Ngāi Tahu, has led Te-Pūtahi-ā-Toi for the past two-and-a-half years and is an award-winning Māori public health and education scholar. He also holds a number of leadership roles in tikanga and Te Reo Māori for Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Raukawa Te Au ki Te Tonga.

Professor Durie will continue to have a leadership role at Te-Pūtahi-ā-Toi and he brings a wealth of experience to the role of DVC Māori. Prior to joining Massey in 2017, he was the Health Research Council (HRC) Hohua Tutengaehe Postdoctoral Fellow. Before that he was Kaihautū/Academic Director at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, where he established Ngā Purapura and the associated Bachelor of Māori Health Promotion. He currently sits on the HRC Māori Health Committee and has been a member of a number of national review panels and advisory committees.

Professor Durie is a Massey alumnus, having graduated with his PhD from Massey in 2011. His whānau has a long history with the University, and continue a longstanding involvement with many Māori health, education and cultural initiatives.

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People and Culture: 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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Provost: 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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Students and Alumni: Tere McGonagle-Daly

Tere McGonagle Daly

Tere McGonagle-Daly is a seasoned marketing and international strategist, with senior management experience in universities in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. He has a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Management Systems and Human Resources and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Systems from the University of Waikato and a Master of Research from London South Bank University. He’s currently working towards his doctorate in the field of international strategy. He has worked for Study Group International, held Board positions with Chambers of Commerce, Chartered Management Institute and Business Improvement Districts, and has spoken at numerous international conferences on branding, student experience, advancement and strategy.

Tere has received national awards in marketing, widening participation, student experience, community PR and fundraising, and has a strong commitment to widening participation (especially for those in social care).

Tere is from Ngāti Whakaue ki Maketū, Te Arawa.

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University Services: Shelley Turner

Shelley Turner Shelley Turner is responsible for all our corporate services, including finance, human resources, information and technology services and facilities across the three campuses.

Shelley Turner has extensive experience in senior leadership roles in the state sector, with a proven background of delivery and organisational leadership. Most recently, she was acting Chief Executive and Director of the Civil Aviation Authority and Deputy Chief Executive responsible for all corporate services.

Shelley has held several senior roles in the New Zealand intelligence community, including Deputy Director General and General Manager, Intelligence Community Shared Services. She brings a strong HR background, in both the State Services Commission, a prior role with the Civil Aviation Authority, and a previous role in the intelligence community.

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