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University of Suffolk’s Vice-Chancellor to retire in autumn 2018

7 Aug 2017 8:30AM

Richard Lister OBE, who has been fundamental to the University of Suffolk since its inception in 2007, and its Founding Vice-Chancellor, has announced his decision to retire in autumn 2018.

Richard has been central to the project from its beginning in 2003 and will have led the institution for over six years.

Speaking about his decision, Richard commented “It has been a great honour and a privilege to lead the University through its development and to be the Founding Vice-Chancellor. I decided that I would see the institution through to independence and then provide a period of stability – in a turbulent period for higher education – and then step aside. Our continuing transformation is testament to the commitment and dedication of colleagues across the University and I am extremely proud that together we have been able to achieve significant success during my tenure.”

“Appointing a new Vice Chancellor is a complex process. Therefore, once I decided to retire, I wanted to give the Board of Directors as much advance notice as possible in order to facilitate a smooth and seamless transition. Whilst it was a difficult decision to leave a job I love I think now is the right time and I have every confidence that with such a strong staff team, our University will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Professor Will Pope, Chair of the University’s Board of Directors said “The contribution that Richard has made to this institution cannot be emphasised enough, and on behalf of the Board, I would like to offer him our sincere thanks for the significant role he has played in ensuring the University of Suffolk’s bright future.”

“The University has undergone considerable transformation under Richard’s exceptional leadership. The project was launched at the beginning of a brutal economic downturn and against a backdrop of extraordinarily difficult times for the higher education sector. Richard has been very clear with the Board that he feels the University would now benefit from a planned change of Vice-Chancellor in 2018 and I very much appreciate him giving the Board ample time in which to appoint a successor, ensuring that the University retains strong leadership throughout this very exciting period in its development.”

“I am delighted to say that Richard has agreed to continue his association with the University by taking the honorary role of Pro-Chancellor of the University with immediate effect upon his retirement.”

Following Richard’s announcement, the University’s Board has agreed the process by which a new Vice-Chancellor will be appointed and has established a Search Committee to lead the recruitment exercise.


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