Deputy bids Unitec a final farewell
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.