UCLan vice-chancellor steps down

The man in charge of Preston's university is stepping down.

Monday, 26th November 2018, 8:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 27th November 2018, 7:45 am
Prof Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas, who has been in his post of vice-chancellor since 2015, will leave on Friday.

UCLan’s pro-vice chancellor and chair of the university board David Taylor CBE said: “I wish to announce that Professor Thomas will be stepping down from his post as Vice-Chancellor of the University, from 30 November. Professor Thomas wishes to pursue further academic opportunities and will remain active in the sector.

“On behalf of the University, I wish to express my thanks to Professor Thomas for his service to the University since he joined us in September 2014 and to wish him every success for the future.

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“Professor Thomas stated that he would like to say thank you to colleagues at the University whom he holds in the highest regard.

“I have asked our two Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Lynne Livesey and Liz Bromley, to take on the responsibilities of the Vice-Chancellor as joint leads for the Institution until a permanent replacement is appointed. I know that you will give every support to Lynne and Liz through this transitional period.”

Prof Thomas has been at the helm since previous incumbent Gary Kelleher stood down in a move which shocked the campus in March 2015.