Jack’s back in se­nior uni role

McCon­nell is named as Stir­ling’s new chan­cel­lor

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - War­ren Hardie

For­mer First Min­is­ter Jack McCon­nell, who was a stu­dent at Stir­ling Uni­ver­sity, is re­turn­ing as its new chan­cel­lor.

He suc­ceeds ex-BBC ‘To­day’ pre­sen­ter Jim Naugh­tie, who stepped down ear­lier this year fol­low­ing a decade in the post.

A cer­e­mo­nial role, the chan­cel­lor has the for­mal duty of pre­sid­ing over the uni­ver­sity’s grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies.

Lord McCon­nell said he was hon­oured to be fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of distin­guished pre­vi­ous chan­cel­lors in­clud­ing the first in­cum­bent in 1967, the economist Lord (Lionel) Rob­bins.

“I will be de­ter­mined to do all I can to help the uni­ver­sity to con­tinue to grow and de­velop while re­tain­ing the es­sen­tial val­ues that have helped build its suc­cess over the past 50 years, ”he added.

The new chan­cel­lor grad­u­at­ing from Stir­ling Uni­ver­sity with a de­gree in math­e­mat­ics in ed­u­ca­tion.

He was also a two-term pres­i­dent of the stu­dents’ union.

His first foray into pol­i­tics saw Jack McCon­nell elected to the for­mer Stir­ling District Coun­cil where he served for eight years, even­tu­ally as leader.

The uni­ver­sity’s prin­ci­pal Gerry McCor­mac said: “Ever since he was a po­lit­i­cally en­gaged stu­dent here Lord McCon­nell has al­ways re­mained an ac­tive, loyal and much-val­ued friend to our uni­ver­sity.

“I look for­ward to work­ing closely with Lord McCon­nell for the ben­e­fit of our stu­dents, staff and wider com­mu­nity.”

Jack McCon­nell served as First Min­is­ter from 2001 un­til 2007 and was ap­pointed to the House of Lords in 2010 as Lord McCon­nell of Glen­scor­ro­dale.

He was awarded an hon­orary de­gree by the uni­ver­sity in 2008 for his con­tri­bu­tions to pub­lic af­fairs.

In 2013 the Scot­tish Po­lit­i­cal Archive, based at Stir­ling Uni­ver­sity, ac­quired Lord McCon­nell’s po­lit­i­cal pa­pers.

Rang­ing from early elec­tion leaflets to diary en­tries from his time as First Min­is­ter, the McCon­nell archive went on dis­play last year dur­ing a guest lecture by Lord McCon­nell on cli­mate change.

Fiona Sandford, chair of the uni­ver­sity court, said: “Lord McCon­nell will con­tinue to be an ex­cel­lent am­bas­sador for Stir­ling’s achieve­ments and I know he will in­spire oth­ers to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence.”

Lord McCon­nell is ex­pected to serve as chan­cel­lor from his in­stal­la­tion at the sum­mer grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies in June 2019 un­til 2029.

He will be the sixth chan­cel­lor. His pre­de­ces­sors in­clude the ac­tress Dame Diana Rigg, who starred in the 1960s cult drama ‘The Avengers’.

Happy re­turn Lord McCon­nell at Stir­ling Uni­ver­sity

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