Ara Institute of Canterbury chief executive Kay Giles to retire
After 40 years in education, Ara Institute of Canterbury boss Kay Giles is leaving the institution she helped found.
Staff learned on Wednesday that the polytechnic's chief executive would retire to Australia on June 30.
Her successor has not yet been selected and a hiring process is under way.
Giles was appointed chief executive of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) several weeks before the September 2010 earthquake and steered it through its post-quake recovery.
She oversaw the 2015 merger of CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic to form Ara.
Ara Council chairwoman Jenn Bestwick said in a statement that Giles' leadership had pushed Ara "from strength to strength".
"In the seven years Kay has been in this role she has been driven to ensuring the best educational outcomes for all Ara students, and that the vocational training offered by Ara is relevant to today's workplace."
Under Giles, Ara had sustained financial surpluses and embarked on a $120 million building programme, Bestwick said.