V-c resigns at Canterbury Christ Church

Robin Baker has resigned as vice-chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University with immediate effect, the university has confirmed.

October 23, 2012

No reasons for the move were given in a statement released on Monday by Peter Hermitage, pro vice-chancellor and chairman of Canterbury Christ Church’s governing body.

“The governors have accepted the resignation of the vice-chancellor, Robin Baker. We have agreed that his resignation will be with immediate effect. In the period he has been vice-chancellor, he developed the strategic plan and prepared the university for the challenges of the new environment for higher education in England,” the statement reads.

Professor Baker, an expert in Eastern European history, was appointed in 2010. He was previously vice-chancellor of the University of Chichester and pro vice-chancellor at the University of Kent. Before moving into the academy in 2005 he spent 21 years working in various countries for the British Council.

He will be replaced, on an interim basis, by Andrew Ironside, the university’s strategic director for resources, assisted by Tony Lavender, pro vice-chancellor for research and knowledge exchange, and Sue Piotrowski, pro vice-chancellor for academic matters.

“The governors have every confidence in Andrew Ironside and the senior management team to take forward, against the backcloth of a strong financial position, the strategic plan and the continued focus on enhancing the student and staff experience, which was developed under the leadership of Professor Baker,” the statement says.


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