A top university boss is swapping Preston for the busy streets of London- after 21 years in the city.
Professor Dave Phoenix, deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire, has been appointed as the new vice-chancellor at London South Bank University.
During his time at UCLan, Prof Phoenix has been responsible for a number of key initiatives.
In 2000 he launched UCLan’s department of forensic and investigative science and in 2002 became the University’s Dean of Science, overseeing the opening of a new School of Pharmacy, the re-launch of chemistry and the initial stages in the development of architecture.
In 2008 he was appointed deputy vice-chancellor with responsibility for strategic planning and performance across the University of Central Lancashire Group where he oversaw UCLan’s inclusion in the QS World Rankings and was instrumental in creating UCLan’s first overseas research institute in China as well as its new campus in Cyprus.
In 2010 he was made and Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to Science and Higher Education, and his contribution to education was further recognised by the Academy of Social Sciences which awarded him the prestigious title of Academician in 2012.
Prof Phoenix said: “Like UCLan, London South Bank University has a long and distinguished history for helping people from all walks of life achieve their potential.
“The university has a strong focus on the student experience and employability and I am honoured to have been offered the opportunity to lead the institution into the next phase of its development.
He takes up the post in January and his departure follows hard on the heels of vice chancellor Malcolm McVicar, who retired last week.
New vice chancellor Professor Gerry Kelleher added: “Dave has played a key role in the development and achievements of UCLan over the past 21years and this new appointment is clear recognition of his outstanding personal qualities and leadership skills. We will be very sorry to lose him, but wish him well in his new role.
He added: “Dave is the latest of a number of colleagues who have left to take over the vice-chancellorships of other highly regarded institutions.
“This reflects well on the university as a place that is recognised as an upwardly mobile, academically strong and innovative university by the rest of the sector.”