Deputy bids Unitec a fi­nal farewell

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

An­drew Codling left his Unitec of­fice for the last time on Fri­day af­ter nearly 30 years with the in­sti­tute.

“It was a bit of a shock,” says the 60year-old, who was made re­dun­dant af­ter last year’s re­struc­tur­ing.

As deputy pres­i­dent Dr Codling man­aged the aca­demic lead­er­ship of Unitec, but un­der the new struc­ture, that work will be del­e­gated to each fac­ulty.

“The se­nior team, of which I’m a mem­ber, were part of all that de­ci­sion­pro­cess, in the full knowl­edge that it would af­fect us,” he says.

“I guess at one stage I thought I’d re­main here but that’s not the way it’s worked out.”

The Mt Al­bert ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion’s ma­jor re­struc­ture was needed to save the or­gan­i­sa­tion be­tween $11 mil­lion and $17m over the next three years.

Dr Codling started at Unitec in 1981 as a lec­turer and course su­per­vi­sor for the en­gi­neer­ing depart­ment.

“When I came here we had about 3000 stu­dents. Now we have about 30,000.”

Since 1999 he’s been re­spon­si­ble for manag­ing Unitec’s aca­demic de­vel­op­ment in teach­ing and re­search, and in­stru­men­tal in the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s growth.

Now he’s looking for­ward to work­ing as an ed­u­ca­tion con­sul­tant.

“I’ve got some in­ter­est­ing projects in front of me so it’s all quite ex­cit­ing.”

Dr Codling says there are chal­lenges ahead for Unitec, but he has no doubt that un­der chief ex­ec­u­tive Rick Ede’s lead­er­ship, it will con­tinue to grow.

“The new peo­ple will bring a wealth of new ideas and new ex­pe­ri­ences to the in­sti­tu­tion and help it grow through its next phase of de­vel­op­ment.”

Dr Ede, who joined Unitec in April, says Dr Codling’s vast ex­pe­ri­ence and con­sid­ered wis­dom will be missed.

“His ded­i­ca­tion to the or­gan­i­sa­tion must be ac­knowl­edged. It was a very large part of his life.”

He cred­its Dr Codling for driv­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of their sport cen­tre fa­cil­i­ties and the Waitakere city cam­pus, and looks for­ward to work­ing with him as a con­sul­tant.

“I’m very happy we’ll be work­ing with him in the fu­ture.

“So we won’t be los­ing him en­tirely.”


Haere ra: Deputy pres­i­dent An­drew Codling bids Unitec farewell af­ter 28 years.

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