A Nigerian-born Prof Charles Egbu has been appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University in the United Kingdom.
The professor who hails from Anambra State will be assuming his new role on November 1, 2020. He will be taking over from Margaret A House, the outgoing VC who had held the office for seven years.
Egbu expressed joy over his new appointment;
“I am honoured to be joining Leeds Trinity; a University whose values and ethos around widening participation, offering a personalised approach and encouraging all students to achieve their best, align with my own.
“The University has an impressive track record in learning, teaching and employability, and I am looking forward to building on the strong foundations established under the leadership of Professor House.
“I have already been impressed by the sense of community at Leeds Trinity and I am looking forward to engaging with students, colleagues and alumni as we shape the future strategy of the institution. I am also looking forward to returning to Leeds; the city in which I spent much of my early academic life.”
Egbu has 25 years of experience in higher education and was formerly the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Experience at the University of East London. He was also the Dean of the School of Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University and Head of the School of Built Environment at the University of Salford.
He held academic posts at University College London, Glasgow Caledonian University and Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan).
The professor has also written 12 books and contributed to more than 350 publications in various international journals and conferences with focus on project management, construction management and sustainable development.
He is a member of various external bodies including the Advance HE Pro Vice-Chancellor Network and QAA Panel of Experts.