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Friday, March 16, 2007

USP farewells out-going Vice Chancellor Professor Tarr today

Outgoing Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Tarr was today farewelled by the University of the South Pacific's Laucala Campus community. Professor Tarr was accompanied by his wife Julie-Ann and two sons.

In a thank you speech for the Professor Tarr, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr Esther Williams pointed out that although the Vice-Chancellor was with USP for two years; his contribution to the development of the University was tremendous.

“When he arrived in January 2005, he was clear of the vision he wanted to take the University - USP to be a centre of excellence in higher education, not only in the region but internationally. He was a man with a mission.’’

Dr Williams added that he always had the welfare of staff and students at heart and had in his time at USP, lifted individual capacities and morale.

In response Professor Tarr said that his time at the University will always be cherished.

“Not many people appreciate that USP, in boxing terms’ punches well above its weight. When you consider its budget and student load compared to other institutions in Australia and New Zealand, it does a remarkable job.

“Occasionally this is recognised and the recent UGC report was welcomed by staff as recognition of its significant achievements and performance.’’

On the students, Professor Tarr pointed out that the USP Open Day is one of the greatest experiences anyone can have.

“The remarkable talent, energy and diversity of our students are a great strength for the university and something to celebrate. Our students are definitely the friendliest and most engaging you will find anywhere in the world.’’

The farewell was attended by USP staff and students.

Source: USP

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