New Head of School of IT appointed for Whitireia and WelTec

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Whitireia and WelTec Chief Executive Chris Gosling is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Proctor as the new head of the School of IT.

With almost twenty years’ experience in the tertiary education sector, most recently as Head of Department of Arts, Media and Digital Technology at NMIT, Mary has an excellent track record for leading and promoting Information Technology says Chris Gosling. "More than 1,180 (817 EFTS) students studied IT with Whitireia and WelTec in 2017. The School of IT comprises a large area of our delivery and is very significant in terms of its contribution to the Wellington and New Zealand economy producing highly skilled IT graduates."

The appointment of Mary will see the institutions’ IT programmes and relationships with industry advance to the next level said Gosling. "Mary has very strong industry relationships and is passionate about promoting the role of vocational education to business. She is the ideal leader to work with the thriving Wellington IT sector ensuring our students and graduates have the skills and attributes required to be today’s and tomorrow’s IT professionals."

Mary Proctor and Shane Bilderbeck

Mary Proctor (right) with Shane Bilderbeck of the School of IT

Mary is the current Chair of Computing and Information Technology Research and Education New Zealand (CITRENZ), part of IT Professionals New Zealand, and the national representative body for IT delivery by Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs).

Deeply committed to vocational education and training especially in the field of IT, Mary says there is a significant skills shortage in the sector and ITPs are part of the solution producing graduates who are work-ready.

"WelTec and Whitireia have excellent industry relationships and I want to build on the strong-reputation these institutions have, to expand on what we do and do it well. I feel incredibly privileged to take on this role at Whitireia and WelTec; I look forward to the 2018 academic year getting underway."