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Next Vice Chancellor appointed to Canterbury Christ Church University

08 January 2010

Dr Robin Baker CMG has been appointed the next Vice Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University.

The next Vice Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University Dr Robin Baker CMG (right) with Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Body Peter Hermitage (left).
The next Vice Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University Dr Robin Baker CMG (right) with Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Body Peter Hermitage (left).

Dr Baker, who is currently Vice-Chancellor of Chichester University, will join Canterbury Christ Church on September 1, 2010.

The Governing Body, chaired by Pro-Chancellor Peter Hermitage, approved the appointment at a board meeting on Thursday (January 7).

Mr Hermitage said:”I am delighted to welcome Dr Robin Baker to Canterbury Christ Church University. He has the experience and expertise to lead the University, and to build upon the achievements of Professor Michael Wright who retires later this year. I look forward to working with him."

Derek Jenkins, Chair of Governors at the University of Chichester, added: “We are very sorry to be losing Robin Baker, who has developed and implemented a clear and challenging strategy called ‘Unlocking the Potential’ during his three years with us, as a result of which Chichester has developed considerably.

“The success of this strategy has led to a greatly raised profile and Chichester is undoubtedly now a key player in the education scene locally, regionally, nationally and, in certain respects, internationally. We wish him well in his new post.”

Dr Baker previously held the post of Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Kent between 2005 and 2007.

His appointment also follows an extensive career in cultural diplomacy, holding a number of posts within the British Council, including his final role as Deputy Director-General.

In accepting the post of next Vice Chancellor, Dr Baker said: “I feel very honoured to be appointed the next Vice Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University. It is a highly successful and exciting institution deeply committed to the transforming power of education.

“I look forward to building on the extraordinary achievement of Michael Wright and to re-establishing my close connections with the City of Canterbury and the County of Kent.”

Professor Michael Wright will continue to lead the University for the next eight months until his retirement on August 31, 2010.

Notes to Editor

Dr Robin Baker CMG has a career that has moved between academia, cultural diplomacy and promoting UK education and creative industries as exports. He is an authority on East European history, ethnic minorities and languages, spending 21 years in the British Council, serving in London; South Africa; Hungary; Greece; and Russia.

His academic achievements include graduating from the University of London, where he is now a fellow, was a Finnish Government Scholar at the University of Helsinki, took a PhD at the University of East Anglia, and has studied at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

Dr Baker is a Board member of the Chichester Festival Theatre, the Economic, Skills and Enterprise Board, the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics and the Finnish Institute.
A photograph is available from Canterbury Christ Church University press office.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University has, since its foundation by the Church of England as a teacher training college in 1962, developed a wide range of taught programmes, research and educational services. It continues to be the largest centre of higher education in Kent for the major public services.

The University now has over 15,500 students based in five Faculties: Arts and Humanities, Business and Management, Education, Health and Social Care, Social and Applied Sciences.  Our 1,500 staff contribute to the University’s work at our five campuses: Canterbury, Broadstairs, Folkestone (in partnership with the Creative Foundation and the University of Greenwich), Medway (in partnership with the Universities of Greenwich and Kent with Mid-Kent College) and Tunbridge Wells.

In so doing we seek to sustain the University’s Mission:
‘Inspired by the University’s Church of England Foundation and the aspirations of its students and staff, our mission is to pursue excellence in academic and professional higher education thereby enriching both individuals and society.’

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