UCLan vice chancellor stands down

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) announced that vice chancellor Professor Gerry Kelleher will stand down for personal reasons.

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Board chairman David Taylor commented: “I speak for the Board, and indeed the entire University, when I say that we are very sorry to be losing Professor Kelleher.

"Gerry has had a major positive impact on the University since his arrival and our most recent student recruitment numbers demonstrate the excellent job he has done. I am sure I speak for everybody when I say that we wish Gerry all the best for the future.”

Commenting on his decision, Professor Kelleher said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with UCLan.  I know that I leave the University in good health and with a strong management and academic team in place.” Mr Taylor confirmed that a recruitment process to identify a new vice chancellor would be undertaken in due course. In the meantime he intends to recommend to the university board that Professor Mike Thomas, the current deputy vice vhancellor (academic), be appointed to act as interim vice chancellor supported by Professor Robin Pollard, the deputy vice chancellor (international), who will take on additional responsibilities.