THE Department of Higher Education has announced a new vice chancellor for the University of Natural Resource and Environment (UNRE) at Vudal near Rabaul.
Professor John Warren will head the university, following the endorsement of appointment by the Papua New Guinean Cabinet.
This follows the termination of Professor Philip Siaguru (pictured) as vice chancellor to enable investigations into allegations of mismanagement of funds.
UNRE pro vice chancellor George Bopi said the terminated vice chancellor has been referred to the fraud squad.
Mr Bopi said the investigation was a result of 10 allegations made by Rabaul MP, Dr Allan Marat, at a recent sitting of parliament.
“Of the 10 allegations, two have a lot of incriminating evidence of material that is beyond the council’s ability to deal with,” Mr Bopi said.
“There was a breach of contract by the former vice chancellor, Philip Siaguru.”
Higher Education Minister Malakai Tabar said the university has handed over all documents to the fraud squad.
“I believe the work of the fraud squad will effectively finalise this and put it through the court system,” said Mr Tabar.
New vice chancellor Professor John Warren is from Aberystwyth University in Wales, where he was Professor of Botany.
Prof Warren has had over 30 years of extensive applied research and teaching experience.