UCLan’s Vice Chancellor Gerry Kelleher has announced today that he will be stepping down from his role due to personal reasons.
Professor Kelleher became UCLan’s VC in 2013 after leaving Manchester Metropolitan university. Throughout his two years at UCLan, Kelleher has worked with the staff and students to make the university more student friendly. This includes his work on developing the new campus masterplan.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with UCLan,” Said Professor Kelleher, “I know that I leave the University in good health and with a strong management and academic team in place.”
UCLan’s Board Chairman David Taylor commented: “I speak for the Board, and indeed the entire university, when I say that we are very sorry to be losing Professor Kelleher.
“Gerry has had a major positive impact on the University since his arrival and our most recent student recruitment numbers demonstrate the excellent job he has done.
“I am sure I speak for everybody when I say that we wish Gerry all the best for the future.”
Mr Taylor confirmed that a recruitment process to identify a new Vice-Chancellor would be undertaken in due course. In the meantime he intends to recommend to the University Board that Professor Mike Thomas, the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), be appointed to act as interim Vice-Chancellor supported by Professor Robin Pollard, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), who will take on additional responsibilities.