Former IET president Sir Christopher Snowden has been appointed as the next vice-chancellor of the University of Southampton.
Sir Christopher, who is currently vice-chancellor of the University of Surrey, will take charge of the Russell Group university in October, it was announced on Friday.
He was knighted in 2012 for his services to academia and engineering and is a prominent figure in the industry. While at the helm of the IET in 2009-2010 Sir Christopher represented the interests of a wide variety of engineers.
Speaking about his appointment he said: “I am honoured and delighted to be joining the University of Southampton as its Vice-Chancellor and look forward to building on its strong international reputation to achieve even greater success in the future.”
“I am particularly excited at the prospect of leading a university which has academic strength in depth across a wide range of disciplines, with real international reach and playing such an important role nationally and regionally.”
Gill Rider, chair of council at Southampton, described Sir Christopher as the perfect choice to lead the university.
His extensive experience will provide the “strong leadership necessary to build on the University of Southampton’s position as one of the UK’s top universities for research, education and enterprise”, she added.
He is also one of the prime minister’s science and technology advisers and the president of Universities UK. He recently became Chair of the QE Prize Committee, called the ‘Nobel’ of engineering, and sits on the governing body of Innovate UK.