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Top Scholar Appointed to Lead BTI into the Future

Bethlehem Tertiary Institute (BTI) will have a new leader at its helm from December this year, with the recent appointment of Dr Andrew Butcher to the role of CEO and Dean.

BTI Dr Andrew ButcherDr Butcher currently leads the research and evaluation team at the Ministry of Justice, and is Chairman of charity organisation, International Students of New Zealand. He was previously Director, Research and Policy at the Asia New Zealand Foundation, and President of the Population Association of New Zealand.

Chair of BTI’s Board of Directors, Dr David Tweed, says the provider is delighted to announce the new appointment.

“Dr Butcher is joining an exceptionally motivated, passionate team led by the current Dean Dr Andrew Smith, and, as directors, we firmly believe that BTI will continue to punch above its weight with this next chapter of leadership,” Dr Tweed says.

Dr Butcher has experience of leading organisations through significant periods of growth and brings to BTI a prolific research publication record of over 80 articles and book chapters, success in fundraising, cross-cultural experience and extensive networks in the education sector and Christian ministries.  He has held visiting fellowships at Otago, Victoria University of Wellington, Massey and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, and was invited onto the International Visitor Leadership Program at the US State Department and the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Malaysia. He also has tertiary teaching experience and a clear understanding of drivers in the tertiary education sector. His research focusses on the church in New Zealand, foreign policy, pastoral care of international students and migration.

With a PhD in Sociology and degrees in Criminology and History, Dr Butcher has now almost completed a Bachelor of Theology. He has served as a member of several research advisory boards, conference organising committees and the departmental review panel for Otago University’s Department of Theology and Religion.

He is on the preaching team of Wellington’s Anchor Church and says: “I am committed to faith seeking understanding through prayer, Scripture, scholarship, teaching and leadership. I am excited by this opportunity and look forward to leading a committed team at BTI.”


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