Sir John Hood
Sir John Hood’s appointment to the position of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 2004 marked the first time, in its 900-year history, a person had been selected for the position from outside the institution.
Formerly Vice-Chancellor of The University of Auckland, Sir John's appointment to one of the world’s leading universities was seen as a tribute to his understanding of the modern university and its role. It also recognised his vision and ability to set direction and goals and to motivate people in achieving them.
During his time at Oxford, research
income has nigh doubled, with the University achieving significant success in
the latest Research Assessment Exercise. The physical infrastructure of the
institution has been steadily enhanced and plans are advanced for future
projects. The Campaign for Oxford has been launched and has to date raised well
in excess of £700 million. The University is now financially and
As Vice-Chancellor at The University of
Auckland between 1999 and 2004, Sir John's restless energy and enthusiasm
quickly won broad support through his strong advocacy of New Zealand’s need to
regain its place in the top half of the OECD. He gave the University a new sense of direction and left the institution
in a strong position to pursue its goals of excellence and international
Sir John has also shown a strong
commitment to industry in his career, having spent 19 years heading the paper,
building and construction divisions of Fletcher Challenge. Prior to leaving for
Oxford, he was a director of ASB Bank, Fonterra Co-operative Group and
Universitas 21 Global; Chairman of Tonkin & Taylor, The Knowledge Wave
Trust and the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee. He was also a member of
the Prime Minister’s Growth and Innovation Advisory Board, New Zealand
Secretary for The Rhodes Trust and a member of the Council of the University of
During the 1990s Sir John's leadership
extended to the design of the country’s high performance sport architecture as
Chairman of the America’s Cup Task Force and the Minister’s Think-Tank on High
Performance Sport and as author of the Hood Report on New Zealand Cricket.
Sir John has a PhD in Engineering, is a
Rhodes Scholar, and also gained a Master of Philosophy in Management Studies
from Oxford University. He has been appointed a KNZM.