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16 October, 2006 - 14:31 By News Desk

Sir Ivor announces retirement

Professor Sir Ivor Crewe, the University of Essex vice-chancellor who steered the institution through a period of unprecedented growth, has announced he will retire from his post in September 2007.Sir Ivor, 60, became the University’s fourth vice-chancellor in 1995. In the subsequent years the student population grew from 5,500 to almost 9,000 and the University undertook its largest building programme since its foundation.

It has expanded from its original Wivenhoe Park campus in Colchester to develop a regional presence, including a new campus in Southend, a department in Loughton, and partnerships with institutions in Suffolk, Essex and London.

From 2003 to 2005 he served as president of Universities UK, a period distinguished by the universities’ adoption of top-up fees. He was knighted in the 2006 New Year’s Honours.

Sir Ivor said: “It will be an enormous wrench to leave such an outstanding University after 36 years.

“It is a privilege to lead an exceptionally able, dedicated and supportive community of staff and students.

“I am proud of the University’s very many achievements and I shall leave in the knowledge that it is in a strong position to meet the exciting challenges ahead.”

The process of recruiting the University’s fifth Vice-Chancellor will now get underway.

• The University of Bedfordshire’s vice-chancellor, Professor Les Ebdon, has been appointed chair of the Association of Universities in the East of England, taking on the role of guiding the 11 AUEE higher education institutions in the East of England, to serve the needs of the region more effectively and to engage with the developing regional agenda.

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