The Chair of the University’s governing body and ex-Chair of the Economic Partnership, Simon Fanshawe, will be retiring when his second term of office ends in July 2013.
Simon Fanshawe was a law student at Sussex from 1975-78 and has been an independent member of Council since 2001 and Chair since August 2007. The Council has responsibility for the University’s ongoing strategic direction as well as for the management of its finances, property, investments and general business. It approves major developments, ensures proper accountability and receives regular reports on day-to-day operations.
He was awarded an OBE for his services to higher education in the New Year’s Honours List 2013 [see earlier story]. He was also the Chair of the Economic Partnership in the city for 12 years.
Under his Chairmanship, the Council has overseen a period of major change including the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Farthing, in 2007, the creation of a new strategic plan, strong improvement in financial performance, growth in student numbers and £150 million of capital development.
Simon Fanshawe said, “Looking back over my time on Council, it has been a privilege to help support and develop this university, with which I have been proudly associated since first coming here as an undergraduate.
“I look forward to Sussex rising to the challenges that lie ahead, continuing to thrive and develop in the future from a stronger, healthier base. And I will continue to champion Sussex, as a close friend and loyal supporter of the institution.”
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