177 Chairperson and deputy chairperson

(1)

At the first meeting of a council the council shall elect one of its members to be the chairperson, and another of its members to be the deputy chairperson, of the council.

(2)

Whenever a vacancy subsequently occurs in the office of chairperson or deputy chairperson of the council, the council shall elect one of its members to fill the vacant office.

(2A)

The election of a member to fill the vacant office of chairperson or deputy chairperson of the council must be for a stated period (not exceeding the term of the member’s current term as a member of the council).

(3)

A member of the council who is the chief executive of the institution, a member of the staff of the institution, or a student enrolled at the institution is not eligible for election as the chairperson or deputy chairperson of the council.

(4)

The chairperson or deputy chairperson of a council—

(a)

holds office for the period for which he or she is elected; but

(b)

is eligible for re-election.

(5)

If the term of office of the chairperson or deputy chairperson of a council expires before a successor is elected, he or she continues in office until a successor is elected.

(5A)

Subsection (5) overrides subsection (4).

(6)

The chairperson or deputy chairperson of a council—

(a)

may resign as chairperson or deputy chairperson by written notice signed by him or her and given to the chief executive; and

(b)

ceases to hold office as chairperson or deputy chairperson if—

(i)

he or she ceases to be a member of the council; or

(ii)

he or she becomes the chief executive, a member of the staff or a student of the institution; or

(iii)

the council passes a resolution to the effect that it has no confidence in the chairperson or deputy chairperson, as the case may be.

(6A)

Subsection (6) overrides subsections (4) and (5).

(7)

The chairperson of the council of a university may be referred to as the Chancellor or by such other title as the council determines and the chairperson of the council of an institution other than a university may be referred to by such title (other than Chancellor or another title that includes the word Chancellor) as the council determines.

(8)

The deputy chairperson of the council of a university may be referred to as the Pro-Chancellor or by such other title as the council determines and the deputy chairperson of the council of an institution other than a university may be referred to by such title (other than Pro-Chancellor or another title that includes the word Chancellor) as the council determines.

(9)

Subsections (1) to (8) do not apply to the chairperson and deputy chairperson of the council of a designated polytechnic (for which section 222AG provides).

Section 177: inserted, on 1 January 1991, by section 37 of the Education Amendment Act 1990 (1990 No 60).

Section 177(2A): inserted, on 13 February 2015, by section 11(1) of the Education Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 1).

Section 177(3): replaced, on 13 February 2015, by section 11(1) of the Education Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 1).

Section 177(4): replaced, on 13 February 2015, by section 11(1) of the Education Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 1).

Section 177(5): replaced, on 13 February 2015, by section 11(1) of the Education Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 1).

Section 177(5A): inserted, on 13 February 2015, by section 11(1) of the Education Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 1).

Section 177(6A): inserted, on 13 February 2015, by section 11(2) of the Education Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 1).

Section 177(9): inserted, on 1 March 2010, by section 13 of the Education (Polytechnics) Amendment Act 2009 (2009 No 70).