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Vision for Lincoln University expressed in personally supported professorial chair
Behind Lincoln University’s newly created Professorial Chair in Global Value Chains and Trade, and the appointment of Crawford Falconer to the position, announced on 1 May, is a vision of international stature for Lincoln University in the arena of understanding world trade and the challenges facing New Zealand as an exporter of agricultural products.  

It’s a vision shared by Lincoln University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr Andrew West, and the founder and leader of one of New Zealand’s largest agribusiness enterprises, ANZCO Foods, Sir Graeme Harrison. ANZCO is a leader in New Zealand’s export beef and lamb industry and one of the country’s largest overseas suppliers to international markets.

Believing in New Zealand as a trading nation and in Lincoln University’s capacity to deliver teaching, research and industry support in global trade, Sir Graeme has backed his vision and beliefs by personally funding the Chair.

Personally funded professorial positions are rare in New Zealand, but not unusual in the United States and elsewhere.

Sir Graeme says the job will involve knowing about global trade and its patterns and understanding New Zealand’s place, role and potential in the matrix. 

Dr West says that as well as carrying core academic responsibilities, the professor will become a leading spokesperson on global trade, and particularly around New Zealand’s place and potential. Sir Graeme has also funded Clayton Yeutter Research Fellow position in the Agribusiness and Commerce Faculty.

Sir Graeme’s association with the New Zealand meat industry stretches back to the early 1970s. He was born and brought up in Methven. In 1984, in Japan, he founded what is now ANZCO as a sheepmeat marketing company for the farmer-owned Meat Producers Board and in the mid-1990s he led a management buy-out of shares. He became ANZCO’s chairman in 2004. In 2012 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Commerce degree by Lincoln University. He was knighted in 2011 for services to and achievements in the agribusiness sector.