Controversial College of Arts head resigns

TINA LAW
Last updated 05:00 12/02/2013
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Controversial University of Canterbury pro-vice-chancellor Ed Adelson has resigned.

The College of Arts head will leave on March 8 after 2 years in the role.

Adelson said he was sad to leave the university, but was doing so for "personal reasons".

He and wife Kim Dolgin will return to the United States to be closer to family, he said.

Adelson has had a difficult time at the university coping with the aftermath of the earthquakes, which saw student numbers at the College of Arts fall 25 per cent.

He came under attack by students and staff last year after recommending the closure of three arts programmes.

During a student protest, a huge caricature of him was paraded around campus while dragging a so-called human resources adviser along via a dog collar.

Adelson succeeded in closing just one of the three programmes after the university council decided not to close theatre and film studies and cultural studies.

The resignation had nothing to do with work pressures, Adelson said, and he had had strong support from vice-chancellor Rod Carr.

In an announcement to staff, Carr said Adelson had worked "tirelessly to advance" the College of Arts.

A replacement for Adelson is yet to be named.

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