New Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary 13 Oct 2016

The University of Glasgow has appointed Dr David Duncan as its new Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary. He will take up the post in April 2017.

Dr Duncan, who will succeed David Newall in the role, has been Registrar and Secretary at the University of York for the past 8 years, and before then was Secretary at the University of Dundee from 2001-8.

David Duncan is a graduate of Aberdeen University and holds a Masters degree and a PhD in history from Queen’s University, Canada. As an academic he taught history at the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Natal in South Africa, before returning to Scotland to work for the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum, ultimately becoming its Director of Corporate Affairs. He then spent a year as Assistant Chief Executive at Learning & Teaching Scotland before becoming University Secretary at Dundee.

Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow said: “David Duncan joins at a crucial and hugely exciting time for Glasgow. We are progressing with plans for the major development of our main campus, which will provide truly world class facilities for our staff and students. David’s role as Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary will be key not just in this expansion but in the delivery of our strategic plan of Inspiring People: Changing the World.”

Dr Duncan said: “I am delighted to be joining the University of Glasgow at this exciting stage in its history. I very much look forward to working with Professor Anton Muscatelli and his senior colleagues, helping to take forward the ambitious, outward facing strategy they have set out.”

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