USP Council appoints Commission

The USP Council has announced the appointment of their Commission. 

The Commissioners are Professor Satish Chand, Professor Jenni Lightowlers and Graeme McNally.

These appointments follow the USP Special Council meeting in August where the Council resolved to appoint a Commission to lead the implementation of recommendations in the BDO Auckland report of 21 August 2019 and other matters relevant to the sound operations of the University.

Through the work of this Commission, the Council states they are confident that USP will continue to strengthen and grow as a regional learning and research institution.

The Commission is expected to commence in late November 2019.

Professor Satish Chand is the Deputy Head, School of Business at the University of New South Wales.  He has been a Professor of Finance since 2009 at UNSW and is Adjunct Professor (Economics) at ANU and USP.  He is an external examiner for the University of Malta and University of Mauritius.  Is a visiting a visiting a fellow, Centre for Global Development, Washington, DC.  His research fields include economic growth, economic development, public finance, corporate taxation, internal trade, political economy and global financial markets.

Professor Jenni Lightowlers is a founding Partner of Francis, Abourizk, Lightowlers (FAL) Law Firm.  She is considered one of Australia’s leading advisors to Universities and has a deep understanding of the University and higher education sectors, particularly their compliance and operational issues.  She is a former Deputy Chancellor of Deakin University.  In 2014, she undertook a review of the USP Legal, governance and management structure.

Graeme McNally is an independent Consultant:  Former Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, University of Canterbury.  Former Strategy, Operations and Finance Partner of Deloitte, New Zealand.  Has wide range of work experience in the tertiary education sector with the Ministry of Education and Tertiary Education Commission of New Zealand.  Former external advisor/member of the University of the South Pacific, Finance and Investments Committee

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