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Thursday, March 01, 2007

USP Vice Chancellor tenders resignation to be effective from April 30

The Vice Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific, Professor Anthony Tarr, who is based at the main Laucala Campus in Suva has announced his resignation just as semester one classes began.

USP Vice Chancellor Professor Anthony Tarr

The Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the USP Council Fiame Mata'afa today announced Tarr's resignation effective from April 30.

Professor Tarr explained that he was resigning for personal and family reasons, said Mata'afa in a statement.

She said it was regrettable that Tarr was leaving in the third year of his term at USP, but acknowledged that he had already achieved many of the principle tasks for which he had been hired.

"He has been innovative in encouraging new ideas such as the Information And Communications Park at USP and he has been very active in initiating new infrastructure projects in Fiji and the region," she said.

Tarr was nominated by the USP Council in late October, 2004 to become Vice Chancellor amidst criticisms. Fiji's two Indian-dominated political parties said that then acting VC Professor Rajesh Chandra had been by-passed for the post.

Two regional education ministers had also hit out at the appointment of Professor Tarr. The South Pacific Oceania Council of Trade Unions (SPOCTU) even alleged that Tarr had dubious financial dealings.

Following his appointment, Tarr told the USP community of his plans to make USP the world leader in all aspects of Pacific Studies ranging from arts to agriculture.

Source: Fijilive

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