Birmingham appoints new Registrar and Secretary 15 Jul 2008

The University of Birmingham has announced that Lee Sanders, from Durham University, has been appointed to the post of Registrar and Secretary. He will take up his new role on 6th October 2008.

As Registrar and Secretary, Lee will be charged with heading up the University's unified administration and support services encompassing 3,500 members of staff across its central services and academic Colleges. He will lead the team of senior administrative officers in crucial areas such as finance, estates, human resources, academic services, development and alumni relations, planning, corporate relations, IT services and legal services, to ensure the smooth-running of the University.

Lee is currently Registrar and Secretary at Durham University, a post he has held since March 2003. During a period of significant change, Lee has made major contributions to the development of Durham, which is now consistently ranked in the Top 10 in the UK. Key contributions include the design and implementation of a new University strategy, support for Durham's new organisational structure, a major University strategic and financial improvement programme, enhancing the corporate services and their leadership, and a drive to raise Durham's external profile.

Lee is an historian by academic background, studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Manchester. He joined the University of Warwick in 1990 where he held a wide range of management posts including Secretary to the Warwick Graduate School, Director of Research and Development Services and, from 1999, Academic Registrar with responsibilities for academic policy support, resource allocation, strategic planning and student administration.

On the subject of his appointment to Birmingham, Lee Sanders, said:

“I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be joining the University of Birmingham. It’s a great University in a great part of the world. With its academic and financial strengths and its new organisational structure, Birmingham is very well placed to meet the challenges facing higher education and to enhance its national and international standing as a leading university. I am excited about joining the excellent team at Birmingham and look forward to working with colleagues to contribute to the University's bright future.”

The Registrar and Secretary will come to the top decision-making table - the Vice-Chancellor's new University Executive Board - along with the five Heads of Colleges, Vice-Principal, Pro-Vice-Chancellors and Directors of Finance and HR.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, Professor Michael Sterling, said:

“We were looking for a high-quality candidate with significant leadership and management skills, who could handle a challenging portfolio of responsibilities across financial, people and planning issues. We have certainly found this in Lee.

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