NUS Council 2023

The National University of Samoa (NUS) Council

The National University of Samoa Council referred hereafter as the Council is the governing body and Board of the University, as stipulated in the National University of Samoa Act 2006.
Composition of the Council

The Council consists of :

  • the Pro Chancellor who is the Chairperson; 
  • the Vice-Chancellor & President;
  • a member of the Senate;
  • a member of the academic or teaching staff nominated by the Vice-Chancellor;
  • a student of the University who is not a member of the University staff;
  • the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture or nominee;
  • up to six persons who are not full time members of the staff or full time students of the University, appointed by the Head of State, acting on the advice of the Minister after consultations with the Executive Committee or Council; and
  • up to four persons co – opted by the Council at its discretion.

The current Council has twelve (12) local members and four (4) international members.


The NUS Council is the governing body of the National University of Samoa. The sixteen members are a mixture of elected staff, a student rep, graduates and outside appointees.

  • 7 Head of State appointments
  • 2 Ex-officio members
  • 4 co-opted members
  • 3 representative appointments

The NUS Act 2006, section 13 establishes the Council, like all boards of public bodies in Samoa, as the governing body of the University. Under the Act, Council has the full legal power and authority to manage and control the affairs of the University. Sections 16, 17 and 18 under functions, duties and powers clearly demonstrate that Council deals

Council Members 2023

Pro Chancellor and Chair of NUS Council
PhD Eng, UNSW, BA (Hons) Eng, BA Eng PoliSci, VUW

Former CEO, Samoa Qualifications Authority (2017-2019)

Former Professor of English & Applied Linguistics, FOE (2016-2017)

Former Deputy Vice Chancellor, NUS (2005-2016)

Former Deputy CEO & Director Samoa Polytechnic (2001-2005)

Fuimaono Sarona Rimoni-Ponifasio

Head of State Appointee, Council Member since March 2018

Lawyer Ponifasio Lawyers

Traveller’s Point Hotel, Malifa

Member of Samoa Law Society

Muliagatele Dr Potoa’e Roberts-Aiafi

Head of State Appointee, Council Member
PhD VUW, MA PubPolMgt MUAus, BComAdm VUW

Former Assistant CEO, Samoa Public Service Commission 2005-2009Member/Scholar/Researcher, Knowledge Frontiers Forum, British Academy and Australian, Academy of Humanity, 2019

Member/Founder of the Samoa Human Resources Institute, Apia, 2018

Trainer, Adaptive Leadership Training, Cambridge Leadership Academy, Harvard University, 2016.

Member of the Pacific Research Colloquium, State Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM),2014.

Member of the International Public Management Association, Alexandria, Virginia, 2002.

                                                               Member of the Pacific HRM Network, 2002.

Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling

Head of State Appointee, Council Member

CEO, Ministry if Commerce, Industry and Labour

Professor John David Overton


Professor of Development Studies, Victoria University of Wellington (2007-2020; part-time 2021)




1976 B.A, University of Canterbury

1978 M.A. (First Class Honours) University of Canterbury

1979 Teachers College Diploma, Christchurch Teachers College

1983 Ph.D., University of Cambridge




Honourable Pesetā Sam Lotu-Iiga

Co-Opted, Council Member
MBA (Cambridge) – MCOM (HONS), LLB (Auckland)
Deputy Chief Executive, Pasifika and Student Journey, Manukau Institute of Technology

2008-2017 New Zealand Parliament
MP for Maungakiekie
Minister of Local Government 2015-16
Minister for Pacific Peoples 2014-16
Minister for Ethnic Communities 2014-16
Associate Minister of Health 2014-16
Minister of Corrections 2014-15
Chair of Social Services Committee 2011-14
                                                               Deputy Chair of Commerce Committee, 2008-2011

Co-Opted, Council Member since March 2015
BSc(Hons) MB CHB MD(Brist)

Professor and Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Engagement), Otago University
Pro Vice Chancellor International (2014-2015)
Dean Otago School of Medical Sciences (2007-2014)

Muaausa Joseph Siegfried Walter

Co-Opted, Council Member
Bachelor Engineering (Honors), Masters Engineering, University of Glamorgan, UK; CertEngineering CIT NZ, Cert Solar Power Generation & Applications

Managing Director/Principal Consultant, Engineer & Electrician at Walter Engineering Consultancy & Services (WECS) International, 2011-2021

National Energy Efficiency Expert at International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC), 2012-2015

General Manager (CEO) / Deputy Chairman of the Board, Electric Power Corporation of Samoa, 2003-2011

                                                              Deputy General Manager, Electric Power Corporation of Samoa, 1998-2004

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