Professor Michael Farthing has been appointed as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex.
Professor Farthing, 59, has a distinguished background in medicine, both as a physician and as an academic, in a career spanning more than 30 years. He is currently Principal of St George’s, University of London, which specialises in medicine and health sciences. He is also Pro Vice-Chancellor for Medicine for the University of London.
Professor Farthing said:
“It will be a great privilege to join the team at Sussex. The University should be proud of its achievements over the last 40 or more years, but not satisfied. I would like to see the development of innovative approaches to education, enhancement of research quality, expansion of the enterprise culture, and steady sustainable growth through strong partnerships.”
The University's Chancellor Lord Attenborough said:
“I am delighted that exhaustive deliberations throughout the University have resulted in our securing a new Vice-Chancellor with such varied interests and highly distinguished qualifications. I send him every good wish for the future.”
The University's Chair-designate of Council Simon Fanshawe, who led the selection process for the University, said:
“Professor Farthing has a proven track record in leading and developing academic institutions, in partnership with others. He has a strong vision, and is ambitious for the University. I am confident that Sussex will thrive under his leadership. The appointment of Professor Farthing has the unanimous support of our Senate and Council, reflecting the strong involvement of the whole staff and student community throughout the appointment process.”