THE UNIVERSITY of Warwick has announced the appointment of its new Vice-Chancellor and President.
Professor Stuart Croft will take over the role as the university’s sixth Vice-Chancellor from incumbent Professor Sir Nigel Thrift, in February 2016.
A former Warwick University student himself in the 1970s, Prof Croft is the first Vice-Chancellor to have been appointed from within the university’s academic team – currently holding the positions of both Professor of International Security in the Department of Politics and International Studies (PaIS) and Warwick’s Provost.
Speaking about his new position, Prof Croft described it as an ‘incredible honour’ and reminisced at how much the University had grown since he first applied to study there 35 years ago.
He added: “What is strongest about Warwick is our community – our ability to pull together but also to challenge ourselves, to always be looking for the next development.
“Warwick’s community – our staff and students, but also alumni and friends in Coventry, Warwickshire, the Midlands and beyond – is the heart of what has made Warwick so strong, and is what makes the prospect of being Vice-Chancellor here so exciting.”
The search for a new Vice-Chancellor and President of the Canley-based university is believed to have attracted ‘top-level’ candidates from North America, Australasia and continental Europe, as well as from other leading universities in the UK.
Sir George Cox, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council and chair of the joint selection committee of the Senate and Council, said he was delighted that Professor Croft had accepted the role as the ‘best equipped’ short-listed candidate to build on what Warwick has achieved.
Prof Croft’s appointment coincides with the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations and sees him take over from Professor Sir Nigel Thrift, who was appointed Warwick University Vice-Chancellor in 2006.