International expert to be Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth 12 Jul 2007

The University of Plymouth has appointed Professor Wendy Purcell as its next permanent Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive.

Professor Purcell, currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire and herself a Plymouth graduate (BSc Honours in Biological Sciences 1985), plans to take up her new role in readiness for the start of 2008. Speaking of her appointment, she said:

“The University is a really exciting place, in an ambitious city, in a region that has a very clear sense of its own identity and journey. Back in the 1980s, I chose to study at Plymouth because of its reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Plymouth has now chosen me to lead its further development as a first-class, first choice University.”

Chair of the University’s Board of Governors, Barbara Bond, commented:

“Professor Purcell emerged as the unanimous choice of the Selection Panel and from what was an exceptionally strong field. I am delighted that she will soon be joining us and feel certain that she will lead this university to yet further success. I have no doubt that Professor Purcell will be a passionate advocate and inspirational leader for the University.”

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