Late last year, the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) announced the creation of an Establishment Board to work towards the vision of creating a new structure for the delivery of Catholic tertiary level teaching, learning, research and advocacy. The Board is working alongside Good Shepherd College (GSC) and The Catholic Institute (TCI) to carefully assess how this new structure would work and the pathway for its creation.
Chaired by former Senior Partner of PWC New Zealand and Chief Executive of the New Zealand Post Group, Sir Brian Roche, the Board members have a wide range of skills and competencies. Board members include Bishop Charles Drennan (NZCBC), Fr Brian Cummings from the Society of Mary, Kate Kearins of AUT, John Gallaher from Forsyth Barr, Tony Murphy, a member of the NZCBC Finance Committee, Maureen Kerr an educationalist from Christchurch, Loraine Elliott, a Māori health specialist from Auckland, Jeremy Morley, a tertiary education management specialist and governance specialist, Dame Therese Walsh.
During initial meetings, the Board talked about the need to re-look at the vision for Catholic Tertiary education and some of the complexities in making changes. Sir Brian said, “there is a strong commitment to success among the board members and I am delighted to have members of the TCI Council and GSC Senate to assist us in being connected to the existing work of the Church in this space.”
Gerald Scanlan from TCI has been asked to provide project support to the Board. Sir Brian said of the appointment, “we’re delighted to have Gerald on board. He has a wealth of experience and brings a strong mix of skills and management expertise in working with the Board to ensure a smooth transition.” Gerald will collaborate closely with Fr Merv Duffy of GSC.
Gerald will continue in his part-time role as TCI Director. Of his appointment, Gerald commented, “I’m excited about the opportunity to assist Sir Brian and the Establishment Board in creating this new structure.”
The Board is tasked with assessing current educational services, directing and setting strategy for a work plan; ensuring effective governance; directing the establishment of an organisational structure and analysing the financial implications. Over this period, the TCI Council and GSC Senate will provide oversight of each entity and will ensure the continuation of quality teaching, advocacy, research, curriculum development, and academic formation of seminarians. The Board remains committed to ensuring the needs of students are foremost and will keep NZQA informed of the transition process.
Sir Brian comments, “with such a diverse and experienced team, I feel confident the Board, with the assistance of the staff of TCI and GSC, will successfully progress the exciting revitalisation of New Zealand’s Catholic tertiary education through transparent and robust processes. Not only is Catholic Tertiary education essential for the Church, it is of enormous benefit to New Zealand as a whole.”
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