Appointment of Principal of the University of Aberdeen

Appointment of Principal of the University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor George Boyne as its new Principal and Vice-Chancellor from 1st August 2018.

Professor Boyne is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University with an eminent track record as a University leader.  At Cardiff University he is Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and is also responsible for all student recruitment across the institution.  He was previously Dean of Cardiff University’s Business School, and is a world-leading expert on the performance of public sector organisations.

Originally from Aberdeen, Professor Boyne is a double graduate of the University of Aberdeen and has spent the majority of his academic career in Wales.  Professor Boyne and his wife Jennifer have two grown up sons, Alec and Murray, who are looking forward to visiting their parents and spending time in the North East.

On being appointed by the University Court, Professor Boyne said: “It is a great honour to have the opportunity to serve the students, staff and external partners of the University in this role.  The University has had an outstanding record of academic achievement for over 500 years and is recognised as a prized educational, social and economic asset for the city of Aberdeen and the whole of Scotland.  I am looking forward to leading the University in its ambitions to be inclusive, inter-disciplinary and international in reach and quality across the full range of its teaching and research.”

Chairman and Senior Governor of the Court of the University of Aberdeen, Martin Gilbert said: “We are extremely fortunate to have secured the appointment of George Boyne to lead the University and to drive forward our ambitious agenda for growth, excellence and internationalisation.   He brings to the role a wealth of knowledge and experience of the higher education sector coupled with an enormous energy and enthusiasm for success. This is a great opportunity to position Aberdeen not just as a leading Scottish University but as a global institution and I look forward to working closely with him in the delivery of our strategic objectives.” 

Professor Boyne will succeed Professor Sir Ian Diamond, who announced his intention to retire in summer 2017, after eight years in the role.

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