A UK-based varsity Leeds Trinity University has appointed a Nigerian Prof. Charles Egbu as its vice-chancellor.
Egbu will resume the position on November 1, 2020 after Prof. Margaret House steps down following her seven-year reign as vice-chancellor.
A statement announcing the appointment on the varsity’s website on Tuesday quoted the Nigerian saying: “I am honoured to be joining Leeds Trinity; a University whose values and ethos around widening participation, offering a personalised approach and encouraging all students to achieve their best, align with my own. The University has an impressive track record in learning, teaching and employability, and I am looking forward to building on the strong foundations established under the leadership of Professor House.
“I have already been impressed by the sense of community at Leeds Trinity and I am looking forward to engaging with students, colleagues and alumni as we shape the future strategy of the institution. I am also looking forward to returning to Leeds; the city in which I spent much of my early academic life.”
Chair Designate of the Board of Governors at Leeds Trinity University Jamie Hanley said on the appointment: “Professor Egbu brings with him a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of the higher education sector. His energy and vision stood out throughout a very competitive recruitment process, and it is clear that he recognises Leeds Trinity’s strengths and values, as well as bringing with him a detailed understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced from across the higher education sector. I very much look forward to welcoming him to Leeds Trinity University.”
Egbu who had studied and taught in Leeds has more than 25 years’ experience in higher education.
Before his appointment, Egbu was dean of the School of Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University and head of the School of Built Environment at the University of Salford.
He held academic posts at University College London, Glasgow Caledonian University and Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan).
The Nigerian has written 12 books and contributed to more than 350 publications in various international journals and conferences with research interests focus on project management, construction management and sustainable development.