Starting next year, Massey University's College of Sciences will headed by internationally recognized veterinary and agricultural science specialist Raymond Geor, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, the university Vice Chancellor Steve Maharey announced today.

Geor will replace the current pro vice chancellor of the college, Robert Anderson, ONZM, PhD Cornell, DDA, MAgrSc, FNZIAS, who is retiring later this year.

Maharey says he is delighted with the appointment for what is a vital role in the university's mission of defining New Zealand's future and taking what it does best to the rest of the world.

"Massey University leads New Zealand—and is known internationally—for its expertise in agrifood, animal and land-based sciences, and biosecurity, which are key to New Zealand's success globally," he said.

The College of Sciences employs more than 670 full-time equivalent staff across two of the three Massey University campuses—Albany in Auckland and Manawatu in Palmerston North—educating just over 6,000 of the university's 32,500 students, including more than 1,000 international students. It undertakes teaching, research, consultancy and commercial activities across disciplines ranging from fundamental, applied, veterinary, natural and land-based sciences, to engineering and advanced technology.

Geor is a Massey Bachelor of Veterinary Science graduate (1983) who has worked in tertiary education in the United States and Canada for most of the past 30 years. He was raised in Havelock North and attended St John's College in Hastings.

He has a master of veterinary science from the University