New Dean for leading Kaplan college 18 Jun 2008

Professor David Gillingham has been appointed as the new Dean of Faculty at Holborn College, part of Kaplan's international higher education business.

David, a leader in business education, will also become an Academic Director within Kaplan Higher Education International (KHEI) and join the KHEI Academic Board. He is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Director of Entrepreneurship, Education and Internationalisation at Coventry University. Previously, David was Director of Academic Affairs at Dublin Institute of Technology and Dean and Vice-President, Academic and International at ESC Rennes, one of France's ‘grand ecoles' where he founded the Network of International Business Schools.

Joining London-based Holborn in April 2008, David will be responsible for directing new programme developments and quality initiatives that will seek to enhance the position of Holborn College as one of the leading independent Higher Education providers in the UK.

Charles Hall, President of Kaplan Higher Education International, said: "We are delighted to welcome David, a widely respected academic and leader in business education. His long and distinguished experience in higher education will further strengthen our Academic Board and management team."

David said: "I am very excited to be joining Holborn College at this stage in its development. I have a clear vision of a strong and vibrant college, which will be recruiting new academic staff to support new courses designed to meet the needs of our international students. As we take advantage of the resources of Kaplan Higher Education, we will be introducing new learning technologies and developing new opportunities for students to progress to rewarding professional careers. My first year at Holborn will be spent on strengthening the academic team and developing new courses so that the college can move confidently into the future as one of the major private education providers in the UK higher education sector."

Born in Southampton and educated in England, David has also published widely on business, entrepreneurship, higher education, and human error management. He has taught marketing, particularly industrial and international marketing, and business strategy. David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and holds Visiting Professorships in Finland and France. He continues to be active in human error research.

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