New President for AIS

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We are pleased to advise that AIS has appointed a new President, Dr Julia Hennessy. Dr Hennessy started her new role on 3 April, and was previously Director of Teaching and Learning at Wellington Institute of Technology, another NZQA Category 1 provider. Dr Hennessy has extensive leadership experience in the field of education, including the development of new programmes, services, and resources to meet the changing needs of the tertiary education sector. Dr Hennessy’s qualifications include a PhD from AUT, a Master of Management from Massey University and a Master of Education from Victoria University. Dr Hennessy is active in research, and is committed to growing the academic standing of AIS. She has developed a number of programmes up to Master’s level, and has a close working relationship with key government departments and ministries, including NZQA, TEC, MOE and MBIE.

Dr Hennessy takes over the role from Prof. Richard Goodall, who has recently moved on to a new position at AIS, Director of Business Administration. With almost half of our students now in these postgraduate programmes, which include New Zealand’s largest MBA programme, we appreciate Richard’s wealth of experience as we develop AIS as an institute of higher learning, including new specialisations in Professional Accounting and Health Care Management. We would like to acknowledge the long and distinguished service of Prof. Goodall as President over the period 1998 to 2017. During his 19 years as President, Richard has lead the development of AIS as New Zealand’s largest independent degree-provider for international education. Milestones have included the introduction of new degree programmes in IT, Hospitality and Tourism Management; the development of new graduate diplomas and specialisations within each degree programme, the development of offshore education projects in China, India and Tonga; and the achievement of the highest quality ranking of Category 1 by NZQA.

We look forward to Dr Hennessy’s leadership in continuing the development of AIS as a premier tertiary institution.

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