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Biography: 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 is the Chair of Universities New Zealand, Chair of the Quality Assurance Council, and a member of the University Grants Committee.

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Vice-Chancellor's office
Registry Building
Tennent Drive
Palmerston North

Postal address

Vice-Chancellor's office
Registry Building
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North
New Zealand