Barry Spicer appointed chairman of Glenn Family Foundation

29 March 2011

Former Dean of the Business School Professor Barry Spicer has been appointed as the new chairman of the Glenn Family Foundation.

Professor Spicer, who oversaw the development and construction of the Owen G Glenn Building that was officially opened in 2008, will bring experience and leadership success to the global not-for-profit organisation to continue its expansion of philanthropic work.

With 45 years in education, Professor Spicer's strategic leadership saw the Business School gain international recognition, and his work includes the raising of more than $75m for the new Faculty hub - $8m of which was donated by the Glenn Family Foundation.

Glenn Family Foundation founder Owen Glenn is thrilled Professor Spicer has accepted the position of chairman, and says his guidance will further diversify and increase the reach of humanitarian aid offered by his Foundation.

"I have known Barry for a long time and not only is he a highly intelligent strategic thinker, he knows how to make things happen. I have complete confidence the Foundation will go from strength to strength with Barry at the helm," Mr Glenn says.

Professor Spicer says he is excited about helping the Foundation. "I am looking forward to working with Owen Glenn and the Glenn Family Foundation to improve opportunities for people who want to help themselves," he says.

"The Foundation has done much to support education and sports in New Zealand but also works in countries like India and Fiji improving access to education, health care, clean water, good sanitation and the means for sustaining families and communities."

Given the vast scope of worthy causes, coupled with its dedication to affect positive change, the Glenn Family Foundation is inspired to continue its search for projects worldwide with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region, Professor Spicer says.

Armed with a passion to end child labour and child sex slavery, the Foundation focus on providing basic necessities through its "Model Village Project" to positively impact peoples' lives and stop the cycle of child trafficking forever.

Professor Spicer has in the past been a trustee member and director of The ICEHOUSE.