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Professor Harlene Hayne

Vice-Chancellor

Harlene Hayne

Professor Harlene Hayne was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago in 2011, having previously been the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) and Head of the Psychology Department.  She has been employed by the University of Otago since 1992.

As a researcher, she has published widely in the area of memory development and adolescent risk taking and continues to maintain an active research programme. To date she has published over 100 book chapters and journal articles and has supervised 25 PhD, 27 Masters and more than 50 Undergraduate Honours theses. Professor Hayne is a Fellow of the Royal Sociey of New Zealand and of the Association for Psychological Science, and is on the Board of Fulbright New Zealand. She is also the Co-Chair of the Office of the Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee Working Party on Reducing Social and Psychological Morbidity during Adolescence and the Co-Director of the New Zealand Innocence Project.

In 2009 Professor Hayne was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to scientific and medical research and in 2012 she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Colorado College, USA. She was a member of the Ministry of Science and Innovation Board and currently sits on the Board of Treasury and the New Zealand - China Council.

From 2015 Professor Hayne is the Chair of Universities New Zealand, Te Pōkai Tara, comprising the Vice-Chancellors of the eight New Zealand Universities.  The Vice-Chancellors meet on a formal basis five times a year and Universities New Zealand is responsible for the quality of university programmes, administers a range of scholarships and represents universities in the public interest, both nationally and internationally.

Tel 64 3 479 8253

Email vice-chancellor@otago.ac.nz

Sarah Lines

Sarah Lines

Executive Assistant

As Executive Assistant, Sarah provides high-level confidential, executive support and advice and is the first point of contact for the Vice-Chancellor.  Sarah manages the Vice-Chancellor's appointments, meetings, email and an extensive programme of events.

Sarah previously worked as a Personal Assistant to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic before taking up her current position in February 2016.

Tel 64 3 479 8253

Mobile 64 21 279 8253

Email vice-chancellor@otago.ac.nz

Eleanor Harrison

Eleanor Harrison

Executive Officer

Eleanor provides executive assistance to the Vice-Chancellor, managing financial and human resources activities and coordinating office activities at a divisional level.

She provides administrative support to the Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Group, the Information Technology Advisory Committee, and other working groups as required.

Tel 64 3 479 8280

Email eleanor.harrison@otago.ac.nz

Jan A Flood

Jan Flood

Registrar & Secretary to Council

Ms Jan Flood was appointed Registrar and Secretary to Council at the University of Otago in 2002.

She provides advice on governance and policy matters, advice and support for the Chancellor, Pro-Chancellor, Council and Committee members and the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. She is the University’s Privacy Officer.

Tel 64 3 479 8899

Email registrar@otago.ac.nz

Judith Thompson

Judith Thompson

Executive Officer

As Executive Officer in the Office of the Registrar and Secretary to Council, Judith co-ordinates administration relating to the Council and Council Committees and their members and also the offices reporting to the Registrar. She acts as Secretary to the University of Otago Foundation Board and the Ethical Behaviour Committee.

Tel 64 3 479 8250

Email judith.thompson@otago.ac.nz