A Bay of Plenty councillor has received one of the highest honours from the University of Waikato.
Councillor John Cronin was awarded the University of Waikato medal this week, which was presented as part of his retirement function at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
The University of Waikato Medal recognises Councillor Cronin’s significant and sustained contribution to the University, and in particular his leadership and advocacy for the University to build a full campus in Tauranga.
University Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says, “University Medals are rarely awarded and are reserved for the recognition of contributions at the highest level.
“John Cronin has provided a long and distinguished service to the Regional Council. He was instrumental in advocating for Council funding that has supported the construction of the University’s Tauranga campus.
“In addition, John Cronin was highly influential in committing the Council to fund academic positions including the University of Waikato Chair of Lakes Management and Restoration, and Chair of Coastal Sciences.”
Another University of Waikato Medal was recently awarded to Tokoroa High School Principal Willie Ford.
“Both Willie Ford and John Cronin have made an outstanding contribution to broadening access to tertiary education, attracting young people in and outside these regions to study, and are great examples of influential community stakeholders advocating for the University and the interests of future generations to come,” says Professor Quigley.