The Vice‐Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of St Mark & St John, Professor Cara Aitchison, has announced that she will take up the post of Vice-Chancellor and Principal at Cardiff Metropolitan University (CMU) in October 2016.
In a statement to University of St Mark & St John staff, she said: “Together we have achieved significant developments over the last three years and I am confident that our excellent Senior Management Group will continue to provide strong leadership to secure the University’s long term goals.”
Colleagues today congratulated the Vice-Chancellor on her promotion and her achievements on behalf of the University.
Chair of Marjon’s Board of Governors, Rt Revd Michael Perham, said: “Marjon has been fortunate to have Professor Cara Aitchison as its Vice-Chancellor for the last three years. She has brought both energy and vision to the University and has given it a new confidence. We shall of course be sorry to lose her, but are very thankful for the way she has led Marjon. We are now on a clear strategic pathway that the Board of Governors and a talented Senior Management Group will continue to take forward.”
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr Karen Cook, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for Professor Aitchison and we wish her continued success. She has made a substantial contribution to the development of this University through her strategic vision, drive and determination; characteristics that will be invaluable in the new role.”
During her time at the University of St Mark & St John, Professor Aitchison has also held a number of national and local roles. These include Chair of the UK Research Excellence Framework panel for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism, Member of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences and Board Member of the Equality Challenge Unit, Plymouth Area Business Council, Plymouth Culture and Askel Veur Academies Umbrella Company for 50 schools in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. She has also been a strong supporter of the work of the Plymouth Fairness Commission and frequently spoken out publicly to challenge discrimination and injustice.
In her statement Professor Aitchison also said: “As colleagues, you have told me that no one ever leaves Marjon and as such, the University will always have a very special place in my heart.”
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