Dr Caroline Seelig joined the Open Polytechnic as Chief Executive on 26 January 2009. Formerly Deputy Chief Executive of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) from 2000–2009, Caroline has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior manager in New Zealand’s institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITP) sector.
Caroline has extensive knowledge of the ITP sector, having previously held senior positions in Tai Poutini, Eastern Institute of Technology, and Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. She has led institutional strategic and investment planning, along with oversight of flexible learning, teaching and delivery units, academic portfolio development, quality management and student support. She has also been involved in a wide range of successful collaborative initiatives and projects to drive change and innovation.
She is a board member of New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics and also an honorary adviser to the Commonwealth of Learning.
A Woolf Fisher Scholar in 2004, Caroline holds a PhD in Biology from University College of Swansea and a Master of Educational Administration from Massey University.