The University of Glasgow has announced that Professor Anton Muscatelli will succeed Sir Muir Russell as Principal from 1st October 2009.
Joy Travers, Chancellor's Assessor and Chair of the University's Selection Committee spoke after the University's Court unanimously confirmed the appointment:
"I am delighted that the University of Glasgow has secured someone of the calibre of Anton Muscatelli to be our next Principal. In addition to being a distinguished economist, Anton brings exceptional strategic leadership and understanding of the issues facing universities at this time. I feel confident that, with Anton at its head, this world-class University will continue to grow from strength to strength."
Professor Muscatelli, 46, is currently Principal of Heriot Watt University and Convenor of Universities Scotland. He said:
"Glasgow is one of the very best Universities in the UK. Throughout its history it has had a major impact on the world stage, and in recent years it has significantly grown its influence. I am excited and honoured to have been asked to succeed Muir Russell as Principal. As well as continuing to work towards the ambitious targets set out in the University's plan ‘Building on Excellence, I look forward to working with all colleagues to develop a strategic plan beyond 2010 which will maintain our momentum and further enhance our reputation as a world-class University".
Principal Sir Muir Russell, welcomed the appointment of his successor:
"I am very pleased that Professor Anton Muscatelli will succeed me next session. He brings great academic authority plus the experience of heading a strong, research-led University which, during his Principalship, has developed new, imaginative and convincing strategies. His successful leadership of Universities Scotland reflects the high regard in which he is held by his colleagues in the Higher Education Community."