WEARSIDE’S Sir Bob Murray has officially gone back to the classroom.
The former Sunderland AFC chairman has been installed as the new chancellor at Leeds Metropolitan University.
The formal occasion began with 100 representatives from across the university leading a procession, followed by a showcase of student work, including music and dance performances.
Sir Bob said: “I am both astonished and thrilled. I feel very privileged to be invited to be chancellor of this esteemed institution and I would like to thank the university for granting me this unique position.
“This truly is a first class regional university with great vision, drive and values.
“When I was invited to be chancellor I had to be sure I could support the university’s aspirations and vision of delivering student success and promoting innovation and enterprise. Principles and ideals I share and feel strongly about. Once I was certain of this, I didn’t hesitate in accepting.
“I hope my experience in business and lifelong focus on education will give me the necessary qualities to support the university, its outstanding staff and the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals to achieve their ambitions and aspirations.
“I now look forward with great anticipation and excitement to my role as an ambassador and advocate.”
As an alumnus of Leeds Met, Sir Bob’s links with the university go back to 1969 when he moved to Yorkshire to study accountancy part-time at the university’s predecessor institution, Leeds Polytechnic. Some years later, in 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in business administration by Leeds Metropolitan for his contribution to business and sport.
Vice chancellor at the Leeds university, Professor Susan Price, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Sir Bob is joining us as our chancellor. We are all very much looking forward to working with him over what I am sure will be a long and happy future.”