N.U.S. appoints new Deputy Vice Chancellor

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene 28 September 2018, 12:00AM

The National University of Samoa has a new Deputy Vice Chancellor (Corporate Services).

She is Maugaoali’i Ufagalilo Fa’amanu Diana Mualia.

Her appointment was announced in a press conference convened at the Taputo’i Building yesterday afternoon by the N.U.S. Vice Chancellor, Fui Asofou So’o.

Maugaoali’i takes over from Cheri Robinson Moors, who is now the new country director for the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (A.P.T.C.)

Maugaoali’i has over 16 years working experience with the last three in the education sector, which Fui said will be well utilised in her new role at the university. 

“Maugaoali’i is one of our two deputy vice chancellors. Her other key role in the university is to drive the support that’s needed and necessary, for the work of our staff here and of course for our students.

 “She comes to N.U.S. with a lot of experience having worked in New Zealand and Australia and in the last three years. She was the coordinator of the education sector and not new to tertiary institutions.

“Being a coordinator in the last three years she has had the opportunity to familiarise herself with the kind of work that the university is involved in. She has come and be part of meetings up here at the National University of Samoa,” he added. 

In her first statement as Deputy Vice Chancellor, Maugaoali’i said with her coming on board, she will support an initiative of the N.U.S. to revive the archaeological school.

“So I am happy to support this initiative to revive the archaeological school. We have a lot of archaeological sites in Samoa so with our relationship with some of the universities overseas we’ll be tapping into that initiative.”

She said she intends to contribute and serve the national university and the Government by utilising her expertise to further improve and strengthen the overarching corporate and strategic goals of the institution. 

Maugaoali’i will report to the N.U.S. vice chancellor and president and will be responsible for providing leadership, strategic advice, managing staff and matters pertaining to the following department, human resources, learning resource center, finance, property maintenance, student administrations, student support services and the international office.

She holds a Bachelor of commerce (specializing in marketing management and international business) and tourism and a bachelor of arts specializing in South Pacific and South east Asia Archaeology – both degrees from the University of Otago in New Zealand.

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene 28 September 2018, 12:00AM
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