New Zealand leadership and tertiary expertise recognised by FISU Executive Committee and Working Group appointments

New Zealand leadership and tertiary expertise recognised by FISU Executive Committee and Working Group appointments

At the FISU Executive Meeting held 21 and 22 February in Lausanne, the FISU Executive Committee officially approved the new composition of the FISU Committees for the period 2020 – 2023.

UTSNZ is extremely proud to announce New Zealand appointments to three of the FISU Committees and Working Groups as follows:

Bruce Meyer - (pictured left below) current Manager, AUT Sport & Athlete Support - appointed to the Working Group for the Development of University Sport.

Jim Ellis -  (pictured centre below) current Manager, Expertise & Capability within the Community Sport business unit of Sport NZ, and past Executive Director of the former University Sport NZ entity (2004 – 2007) –  reappointed to the International Control Committee.

Dr Ian Murphy - (pictured right below) former Chief Medical Officer for NZ Rugby, now Whanganui District Health Board Chief Medical Officer and ACC Principal Clinical Advisor – reappointed to the International Medical Committee.

The various FISU Committees assist and advise the Executive Committee in its work.

Alongside the FISU Committees, several Working Groups (WG) have been created in line with and as part of the FISU Global Strategy. The concept of WGs was introduced in 2016 to broaden the scope of FISU discussions and work, by allowing more exchange and enabling wider consultation on specific projects.

"It's an honour to be recognised as a university sport development expert on the FISU international working group. It will be a privilege to contribute knowledge gained from years of work within the New Zealand university sport sector and help make a difference to the well-being  and development of students around the world”, says UTSNZ Board member and appointed representative Bruce Meyer.

In addition to the recent appointments above, UTSNZ eagerly awaits the start of the University of Auckland’s new Vice Chancellor, Professor Dawn Freshwater, who is a current representative on the FISU Academic Advisory Board. The Academic Advisory Board was created on the FISU President’s personal initiative with the purpose of promoting University Sports, Olympic values and the FISU brand within a larger university community. The Board comprises of rectors of various universities around the world, who provide expertise and feedback to further strengthen FISU’s relations with the global university community.

The University of Auckland’s Vice Chancellor appointment was announced in June last year with her tenure due to start in March.  


Posted: Tue 25 Feb 2020