Trib­utes flow for prin­ci­pal of ‘im­mense in­tegrity’

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By AN­GUS HOWARTH

Trib­utes have been paid to former Glas­gow Univer­sity prin­ci­pal and chan­cel­lor Sir Wil­liam Kerr Fraser who has died at the age of 89.

The univer­sity’s ex­ist­ing prin­ci­pal, Pro­fes­sor Sir An­ton Mus­catelli, de­scribed him as “a re­mark­able man”.

Sir Wil­liam ob­tained an arts and a law de­gree from Glas­gow Univer­sity be­fore serv­ing in the RAF and then join­ing the civil ser­vice.

He was prin­ci­pal from 1988 to 1995 and served as chan­cel­lor from 1996 to 2006.

Prof Mus­catelli said: “In be­com­ing prin­ci­pal, he had to steer the univer­sity through a pe­riod of chal­lenge and change, which in­cluded re­duc­tions in gov­ern­ment fund­ing and calls for universities to show greater ac­count­abil­ity for their teach­ing and re­search.

“Un­der Sir Wil­liam, Glas­gow more than rose to meet the chal­lenges of this new era.”

Sir Wil­liam, who died on Wed­nes­day, was also per­ma­nent un­der-sec­re­tary of state in the Scot­land Of­fice – Scot­land’s most se­nior civil ser­vant – from 1978 to 1988.

Prof­mus­catel­lidescribed him as a “man of im­mense in­tegrity” and a “sense of duty”. A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held in the Univer­sity Chapel at 11am on 24 Novem­ber.

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