The Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University has announced he will not be seeking a third term in the role.
Professor Pat Walsh announced his intention to see out his current term in the last hour.
He joined Victoria University as a lecturer in industrial relations in 1981, and first appointed Vice-Chancellor in 2005.
In a press release, he said it had been ''an honour and a privilege'' to serve in the role.
''I have been inspired on a daily basis by my first-hand knowledge of the many extraordinary achievements of our staff and students.
"During my time at Victoria I have seen many changes and faced many challenges but I am immensely proud of our achievements.
''Victoria University staff and students continue to excel in the creation and dissemination of knowledge that enriches our society."
Chancellor Ian McKinnon credited Professor Walsh with increasing the university's profile on the world stage, and spearheading redevelopments such as the new student Campus Hub and the state-of-the-art Alan MacDiarmid Building."
As Vice-Chancellor, Professor Walsh has recognised the role of the University in the capital city, while also ensuring that Victoria has developed strong relationships internationally.
"Victoria University is offering a first-class university education led by outstanding research active staff as well as an outstanding student experience, and considerable credit must be given to Professor Walsh for the University's position today.''
Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association (VUWSA) said the announcement was ''unexpected''.
VUWSA president Rory McCourt said that Professor Walsh had improved the University's engagement with students during his tenure.
"Professor Walsh's leadership style meant that he has always been prepared to listen to the ideas of others, and in particular to the feedback and input of students through VUWSA.
"I hope Professor Walsh's successor can live up to his high standards of engagement with students and build even stronger partnerships that can attract and retain talented students and graduates here in Wellington.''
The University will ''shortly begin'' the process of appointing a new Vice-Chancellor for 2014.
- The Dominion Post
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