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Council membership

The Vice-Chancellor
Professor David Murdoch MB ChB MD(Otago) MSc(Lond) DTM&H(Liv) FRACP FRCPA FFSc(RCPA)

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Professor David Murdoch

Current Term: 1 February 2022 –

Ex officio

Professor David Murdoch was appointed the ninth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago on 1 February 2022.

Formerly the Dean and Head of Campus at the University of Otago Christchurch, Professor Murdoch is a recognised world-leader in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, particularly respiratory infections. He has advised the New Zealand government during the COVID-19 pandemic in several roles, including as a member of the Strategic COVID-19 Public Health Advisory Group.

Professor Murdoch is an ex officio member of the University Council, and is a member of the University Council’s Finance and Budget Committee, Capital Development Committee, Treaty of Waitangi Committee, Strategy and Planning Committee and Honorary Degrees Committee. He is a director of University of Otago Holdings Limited and a Trustee (ex officio) of the University of Otago Foundation Trust.