Teesside University Vice Chancellor

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Teesside University Vice Chancellor

Teesside University's new vice-chancellor Paul CroneyTeesside University named its new vice-chancellor and chief executive.

Professor Paul Croney will take over from Professor Graham Henderson CBE DL, who steps down this summer after 16 years at the university.

Prof Croney will join Teesside from Northumbria University in Newcastle where he has worked as dean of the Newcastle Business School, pro-vice-chancellor for learning and teaching, and deputy vice-chancellor.

An academic scholar in the field of management and business education, he holds honorary and visiting professorships from universities in Russia and China.

Teesside University has said outgoing vice-chancellor Prof Henderson’s 2013 salary was £221,000 a year – making him one of the best paid public servants on Teesside.

After announcing Prof Croney’s appointment, the university told The Gazette that information regarding the new vice-chancellor’s salary package was not yet confirmed but would be published as part of the university’s accounts.

Prof Croney, who will take up the post at Teesside on May 1, said: “It is an honour and privilege to be appointed as the next vice-chancellor and chief executive of a great university like Teesside which, under the leadership of Professor Graham Henderson, makes such a difference to its students, stakeholders and community.

“I look forward to working with all the staff and students across the University in the new strategic context of Higher Education in the UK. I believe that Teesside now has a great opportunity to develop further as a global university with an international reputation for quality, enterprise and learning opportunities.’

Outgoing vice-chancellor Prof Henderson said: “My decision to retire was one of the hardest I have ever made, but I believe it is the right time, both for myself and the University.

“I would like to congratulate Paul on his appointment and I am certain he will make an excellent vice-chancellor, leading the institution to further success.”

Prof Croney joins Teesside University as the £30m Campus Heart development nears completion. Campus Heart is the biggest programme of investment the university has seen and includes a new £20m teaching and learning building, the £6m refurbishment of the Orion science, technology and engineering building, a new health and fitness centre, a significant upgrade of the library and Students’ Union.