Neil Simco has been appointed vice-principal for research and impact at the University of the Highlands and Islands. He joined UHI in 2009 and has served as dean of business and leisure, dean of arts, humanities and business, and assistant principal for curriculum growth. Prior to that, he was an interim pro vice-chancellor at the University of Cumbria. Professor Simco said that UHI “already [had] a significant amount of world-leading and excellent research in fields such as marine, energy, environmental science, archaeology, health, Nordic studies and history”. He added: “There is much to do to build on what has already been achieved.” Felicity Mitchell and Ben Elger have been appointed to lead the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA), the adjudicator service for English and Welsh higher education. Ms Mitchell – who will be independent adjudicator, leading the OIA’s case-handling work and efforts to promote good practice – joined in 2004 and became a deputy adjudicator in 2009. Mr Elger – who as chief executive will oversee the OIA’s work with governments and sector bodies, and on organisational development – joined in 2008 as chief operating officer and company secretary.
Lily Kong has been appointed president of Singapore Management University (SMU). Professor Kong, currently provost and Lee Kong Chian chair professor of social sciences, is set to succeed Arnoud De Meyer in January 2019.
Ian O’Connor, vice-chancellor and president of Griffith University, has been appointed the new chair of the Australian government advisory body, the Higher Education Standards Panel. He takes over from Peter Shergold, chancellor of Western Sydney University.
Al Rankins, president of Alcorn State University, has been appointed commissioner of higher education for Mississippi. He has been president of Alcorn since March 2014.