Long serving staff member honoured

27 November 2002
Waikato's latest addition to the illustrious ranks of Emeritus Professor is long time staff member Michael Selby, who recently retired as the University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

The award of the title Professor Emeritus confers not only the right to use the title in retirement, but provides something of a win-win for both university and recipient. Increasingly the title is recognised as a way to honour staff members who have given distinguished service and to retain their links with the University.

In Michael Selby's case, the link continues with his agreement to chair the University of Waikato Foundation and directorships of companies commercialising University research.

Professor Selby's service to the University began before its foundation, with his appointment as a junior lecturer at the Waikato Branch of the University of Auckland. A career in Earth Sciences developed rapidly, and Michael was appointed to a Chair in Earth Sciences in 1980.

Career highlights have included the award of a DSc from Oxford University which acknowledges his contributions to his field, the publication of highly regarded texts on rock slope stability, and the naming in his honour of Mount Selby, in Antarctica's Britannia Ranges.