14 May 2010 - HRH honours Lord Vincent as Cranfield names new Chancellor
His Royal Highness, the Duke of Kent visited Cranfield to unveil a painting of Field Marshal The Lord Vincent of Coleshill to honour his work and commitment as University Chancellor over the last twelve years.
Lord Vincent is succeeded by Baroness Young of Old Scone who boasts an illustrious career in the health care and environment sectors and was created a Baroness in 1997. Other highlights include becoming the very first chartered environmentalist in 2005 and being awarded an honorary degree by Cranfield eight years ago.
The painting will be positioned in the atrium of the University’s Vincent Building which was named after Lord Vincent. The Duke, in his role as The Visitor to the University, is appointed directly by the Queen – and this allows him to have first-hand knowledge of how the very best of Britain’s research and teaching is being applied in communities and industry in all corners of the world.
Speaking of her new appointment, the Baroness said: “Cranfield has a great reputation and has a fascinating range of research that it covers. This is my dream ticket as Cranfield is unique as it provides the evidence for practical action.”
Professor Sir John O’Reilly, Vice-Chancellor at Cranfield University said: “Baroness Young brings a wealth of experience to the table in areas that Cranfield not only highlights but achieves in. I’m excited about the future and working alongside the new Chancellor.”
The Baroness will hold her post for five years and as the Chief Officer of the University has the power to preside over meetings of the Court and to bestow Degrees of the University upon students.
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