New Vice-Chancellor, Professor Susan Lea, says she is honoured to be part of the University’s exciting future
Professor Susan Lea has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University. She will join in August 2017 from the University of Greenwich, where she has served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) for the last two years. Professor Lea will bring her extensive leadership experience to the University.
She says: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the University of Hull as Vice-Chancellor. Building on the University’s strengths, I am looking forward to working with staff and students to realise its potential in terms of research, transformational education and the wider student experience. Importantly, the University also has a significant role to play in the city of Hull, the region and beyond. This is a time of great opportunity, and I am honoured to be part of this exciting future.”
Throughout her time at the University of Greenwich, Susan has played an instrumental role in shaping its strategic direction, including the delivery of its new academic vision and strategy. She has a track record of leading successful organisational change and driving performance, having also held senior positions at King’s College London – being part of the Executive – and the University of Plymouth.
She joins the University of Hull at a crucial time in its history as it embarks on an ambitious growth strategy. Its £200m investment programme is well under way and it is placed among the top 3% of universities in the world by Times Higher Education.
Barry Dodd, CBE, Chair of Council at the University of Hull, says: “Firm foundations have been laid at the University of Hull, through our extensive £200m investment programme and our ambitious strategic plan. Susan will now take the helm to build on these achievements and enhance the stature, reputation and influence of the University of Hull as a competitive, teaching and research engaged university focused on excellence.”
Susan began her career as a lecturer in psychology at the University of Cape Town. She was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Greenwich in April 2015, where her responsibilities included playing a key role in developing the strategic vision for the University, driving and managing change in order to improve the quality and scope of staff engagement, improving academic outcomes and leading, with the DVC (Research), the integration of teaching and learning into the University’s research strategy.