SIR Bob Murray is to become the new Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University.
The businessman and philanthropist – chairman of Sunderland AFC from 1986 to 2006 – will be officially installed at a formal ceremony at the university next year.
The father-of-three, whose wife Sue is from Leeds, said: “I feel very privileged to have been invited to become chancellor of such an esteemed institution and was thrilled to accept.”
Sir Bob has been a leading business figure in Yorkshire for the last 43 years.
In 1969 he studied accountancy at the old Leeds Polytechnic.
Sir Bob is also a passionate supporter of education, being co-sponsor of Academy 360, in Pennywell.
Last week he was part of the group which officially opened the Football Association’s new National Football Centre, at Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire.
Sir Bob watched on alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as the £100million St George’s Park was officially opened.
The new National Football Centre is a state-of-the-art training complex which boasts 12 full size training pitches, a multisport indoor hall, five gyms, two hotels and the only FIFA accredited Centre of Medical Excellence in the country.
Sir Bob was appointed project director for St George’s Park by the FA in 2008, due to his wealth of football experience and his expertise in building world class football stadia and property development background.