Reporter 438, 26 July 1999
Author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg has been named as the new Chancellor of the University. He will be officially installed at a ceremony next year.
Announcing Lord Bragg’s appointment, University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Wilson, said: "We are extremely delighted that Lord Bragg has agreed to be our new Chancellor. We know in Lord Bragg we will have a great friend and supporter and we are very proud that he has accepted this, the highest honour the University can bestow."
"Lord Bragg’s name is associated with excellence and achievement. He is the name in British arts broadcasting, a great thinker who brings a scholarly, questioning and intellectual approach to his broadcasting and writing, but at the same time has the wonderful ability to open up his subjects to a wider audience.
"He has also shown his ability to span the arts and sciences and, as all of these attributes mirror the University’s own values, we believe he is our ideal choice for Chancellor."
Accepting the appointment, Lord Bragg said: "It is a very great honour to be invited to be Chancellor of the University of Leeds and I am utterly delighted. The University is in tremendous form and it has the luck to be in a great, culturally-rich north European city. I know that the University has ambitious plans for the future and I look forward to a vigorous new phase in its distinguished history."
Melvyn Bragg first achieved national prominence as editor and presenter of the groundbreaking arts magazine programme The South Bank Show. Over nearly four decades of pioneering broadcasting he has edited, produced and presented a wealth of award-winning programmes across the cultural spectrum. He has also published more than a dozen books.
Lord Bragg succeeds HRH the Duchess of Kent who was the University’s Chancellor for more than 30 years.
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