Dr Caroline Seelig has over 25 years’ experience as a senior manager in New Zealand’s tertiary education sector. Since taking up her role as Chief Executive in 2009, Open Polytechnic has gone from strength to strength. Under Caroline’s leadership, Open Polytechnic’s course and qualification results now match those of face-to-face polytechnic providers in New Zealand. Passionate about the benefits that distance learning can deliver to lifelong learners, Caroline has been instrumental in Open Polytechnic’s digital transformation.
Caroline has extensive knowledge of the ITP sector, having previously held senior positions in Tai Poutini Polytechnic, Eastern Institute of Technology, and Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. She has led institutional strategic and investment planning, and overseen 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.
Caroline is an Honorary Fellow and Learning Advisor of the Commonwealth of Learning. She is a previous Chair of New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (NZITP) and was recently a member of the International Council for Open and Distance Education Task Group on Student Success. Well respected in her local community, she is a former board member of the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, and a previous Chair of the Technology Valley Committee.
Caroline was a Woolf Fisher Scholar in 2004 for her outstanding work in Education Management. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons), a postgraduate Certificate in Education, a Master of Educational Administration, and a PhD.